Sunderland AFC news: Youngster on move, Allardyce backed with cash, Sam’s warning to defence

George Honeyman
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Sunderland have sent one of their highly-promising youngsters out on loan, while Sam Allardyce is being backed with hard cash to save Sunderland

George Honeyman has joined neighbours Gateshead on a 28-day loan as he looks to get some more experience under his belt.

The 21-year-old made his senior Sunderland debut last term, coming off the bench in the Black Cats’ 2-0 defeat to Bradford City in the FA Cup.

And the youngster is hoping he can draw inspiration from one of his team-mates at the Stadium of Light in the shape of American forward Lynden Gooch, who spent a successful month on loan with the Tynesiders last season.

He said: “I can’t wait to get started – I’m really happy to be here and get some football under my belt.”

Meanwhile, they may be odds-on for relegation but bet365 customers have given Sam Allardyce’s appointment the thumbs up, backing Sunderland from 10/3 into 9/4 to once again avoid the drop down to the Championship.

There has been plenty chash put on Sunderland avoiding the drop while the former Black Cats player, and Newcastle manager, is 8/1 to take maximum points from their near neighbours this season and 7/4 to finish above them.

Bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “He’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but many seem to think that Sunderland have a real fighting chance of survival under Big Sam.”

Meanwhile, Allardyce has told his defenders they must cut out the mistakes and ‘play safe’ ahead of tomorrow’s game against West Brom.

He told the Echo: “What the players have to cut out is those individual errors that have cost them so much.”

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