LiveSunderland AFC transfer and injury news RECAP: Team news as Black Cats prepare for Northampton Town test
Sunderland have just one game left in the regular League One season.
Sunderland welcome Northampton Town to the Stadium of Light on Sunday in what will be their last league game before the play-offs begin.
The Black Cats had previously gone seven games without a win but put three past Argyle to cement their play-off place.
We’ve got all the latest injury news, analysis and more from the Stadium of Light on our daily live blog as Sunderland prepare to welcome Northampton Town to Wearside:
Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP (May 7)
Last updated: Friday, 07 May, 2021, 15:15
- Sunderland face Northampton Town on Sunday afternoon
- The Black Cats secured their play-off spot with a 3-1 win against Plymouth last weekend
- Charlie Wyke and Aiden McGeady missed the clash with minor injuries
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We’re signing off for today but there’s loads more Black Cats content on the SAFC section of the Echo website.
We’ll have more biolud up to Sunday’s game against Northampton as well as our live matchday blog this weekend and all the play-off information when it’s confirmed.
See you soon.
Sunderland linked with Villa midfielder
Sunderland are considering a summer move for Aston Villa youngster Harrison Sohna, according to reports.
The Birmingham Mail claim that the 18-year-old is attracting interest from Wearside ahead of his contract at Villa Park expiring this summer.
Indeed, it is understood that Sohna recently played for the Black Cats’ under-23 side as a trialist with Villa not set to hand him a new deal.
Sunderland could be set for a busy summer of recruitment for their second string after a promising season – which sees Elliott Dickman’s side on the brink of securing a play-off place.
Phil Smith’s analysis
After Kyril Louis-Drefyus announced the appointment of four directors to the club’s board yesterday, our Sunderland AFC writer has been assessing what it means for the Black Cats.
Sunderland were linked with Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet back in January, but it’s now being claimed that Brentford have joined the race to land the frontman.
According to The Sun, the Championship club have been keeping tabs on the Scotland international after a stunning first season in the SPL.
Nisbet has netted 17 goals in this term to help Jack Ross’ side climb to third in the table.
‘We want to see fight’ says Northampton boss
Northampton’s caretaker boss Jon Brady says he will be looking for plenty of fight from his players when they travel to the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
The Cobblers have already been relegated from League One but will be hoping to finish on a high.
“It’s really important for us to show as a football club what we are about and we’ve got plenty of fight in us,” Brady told the club’s website.
“Our focus right now is on Sunday but after that it’s all about the club moving forward.
“It’s important we go out and perform to the best of our ability, Sunderland have had a good season and obviously we’ve been relegated but we need to go there and be competitive,.
“It’s really tough as a manager and as a player when relegation happens and it’s my first experience of it but it’s been good for the players to train this week and they have been working hard.”
Who would you give an opportunity?
Wyke and McGeady latest
Lee Johnson expects Charlie Wyke to play some part in Sunderland’s final league game against Northampton on Sunday.
Wyke missed the 3-1 over Plymouth due to a thigh concern, but scans this week showed that there is no major damage.
Aiden McGeady also missed that win due to swelling on the foot, but is also in contention to take a place in the matchday squad.
Johnson will not take any undue risks with the pair ahead of the play-off campaign, but equally feels that both could benefit from some minutes under their belt.
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Some pre-match listening for Sunderland fans
The Echo’s SAFC team are back with another edition of The Roar Podcast.
Richard Mennear, Phill Smith, Mark Donnelly and James Copley take you through everything you need to know.
The team discusses Sunderland’s win against Plymouth Argyle, the contract situation, the injuries to Charlie Wyke and Aiden McGeady, plus this Sunday’s clash against Northampton Town in League One.
You can listen to our team’s reaction and analysis by clicking the links below:
We’re hosting another Watch Party for the game!
How to stream and follow the game against Northampton Town
What channel is Sunderland vs Northampton Town on?
Unfortunately, the League One match between Sunderland and Northampton Town won’t be shown on television.
Unlike the Black Cats’ games against Peterborough United in League One and Tranmere Rovers in the Papa John’s Trophy final earlier this season, this fixture hasn’t been chosen to be broadcast.
Can I stream Sunderland vs Northampton Town online?
Yes, Sunderland’s game against Northampton Town will be streamed via SAFSEE.
Frankie Francis and Danny Collins will be live from the 30 minutes before kick-off, with the duo also providing post-match analysis and reaction.
New users can set up an account and pay £10 to view the game by clicking here.
Existing users with a season pass can view the game by following this link.
BBC Radio Newcastle also carries full match commentary with Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett and is available on the following frequencies: 95.4FM, 96FM, 103.7FM, 104.4FM and 1458AM.
The Sunderland Echo will also have full coverage from the Stadium of Light on our website, plus another Watch Party with our team of Sunderland fans.
A flavour of the latest gossip from around League One
Northampton Townhave handed a new role to former Newcastle United talent spotter Graham Carr. The 76-year-old, who helped the Magpies sign players such as Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye, has been an associate director with the Cobblers since 2017 – but will now take an advisory role on the club’s new recruitment committee.
Blackpool boss Neil Critchley says his side are ‘not finished yet’ as they prepare to the play-offs. The Seasiders are in pole position to finish third, but Critchley believes league standing will not ‘mean too much’ unless promotion follows.
James Coppinger has confirmed that he is in talks over a new role with Doncaster Rovers. The long-serving forward will retire at the end of the current campaign, but is discussing an off-field involvement with the club.
Kevin Phillips believes that Ross Stewart could be a ‘ready-made’ replacement for Charlie Wyke at Sunderland. Speaking to Football Insider, the club legend said he believed that Stewart’s showing at Plymouth Argyle showed that he was ready to step into the side were Wyke to depart this summer – having been linked with Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City and Millwall.
Former Black Cat Martyn Waghorn could be set for a move to Ipswich Town, according to Football League World. The striker is out of contract at Derby County this summer and is being eyed for a return to Portman Road.
Peterborough United are expected to be interested in Josh Knight this summer. The Peterborough Telegraph claim that the Leicester City midfielder, who has spent this season with Wycombe Wanderers, is likely to be a name on Darren Ferguson’s radar.
Preston North End will look to recoup the £750,000 they spent on Jayden Stockley if he is to join Charlton Athletic this summer. That’s according to Lancashire Live, who claim the forward is unlikely to be handed regular starts at Deepdale.