Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Former midfielder delivers takeover verdict as Cats continue to monitor West Brom winger
Sunderland are preparing for back-to-back home games against Bristol Rovers and Fleetwood Town as Phil Parkinson’s side continue their march up the League One table.
The Black Cats have now won their last three games but could be without new signing Bailey Wright for lengthy period of time after the defender suffered an ankle injury against Oxford. Scroll down to catch up with the latest headlines from the Stadium of Light and to see how the day unfolded:
RECAP: Sunderland AFC news (February 18)
Last updated: Tuesday, 18 February, 2020, 18:08
- Sunderland are preparing for Saturday's home game against Bristol Rovers.
- Black Cats defender Bailey Wright suffered an ankle injury during Saturday's win over Oxford.
- Sunderland are taking a closer look at West Brom winger Stan Asomugha after taking the player on trial.
- Former Sunderland midfielder Alex Rae has urged Stewart Donald to act quickly in his attempts to sell the club.
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Cats sweat on Bailey Wright injury
The one negative following Sunderland's 1-0 win at Oxford was the ankle injury sustained by Bailey Wright
Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson said after the match: "It doesn't look good, that's all I can say at the moment as it is early, it looks quite a bad injury. Alim (Ozturk) came on and did well.
"It's his ankle ligaments."
More praise for Alim Ozturk
Alim Ozturk replaced Wright in the 84th minute and could become a key player for the Black Cats in the next few weeks.
Midfielder Max Power praised Ozturk after the game, saying: “Special praise for Alim, coming on at 1-0 and it's backs-to-the-wall at such a late stage in the game
“It would have been really easy for Alim to have sulked of late and it's credit to him, he's been a model professional.
“Bailey has come into the team and done great, we've kept clean sheets, but Alim's come on and helped us see the game through."
Cats continue to monitor West Brom winger
Sunderland are taking an extended look at West Brom winger Stan Asomugha after taking the player on trial.
The 19-year-old was one of three trialist who played for the Black Cats' under-23 side against Newcastle last week and is set to feature in tonight's Durham Challenge Cup clash against Seaham Red Star.
Midfielder Tyler Frost and forward Tyler Hamilton also played against Newcastle while on trial and a decision is set to be made on their futures this week.
Big game for the youngsters tonight
Phil Parkinson has been speaking at a Foundation of Light business breakfast event this morning
Sunderland have won three games on the spin
We spoke to the former Sunderland midfielder about takeover talk at the Stadium of Light
One for the stat fans
9,105 - The attendance at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday, which included an 1,800-strong away following from Wearside.
Seven - Sunderland have recorded seven clean sheets in 2020, no other club in the top four tiers has managed that level of defensive brilliance.
10 - Chris Maguire is the club’s top scorer this season having reached double figures and the forward also has seven assists to his name.
201 - Maguire scores a goal every 201 minutes this season, an impressive record with 42 per cent of his shots on target.
Nine - Lynden Gooch is a goal behind Maguire in the goalscoring race with nine so far this campaign including the EFL goal of the month for January for his strike away to MK Dons.
44 - League One clubs will play 44 league games this season following the decision to expel Bury from the EFL. Sunderland are fifth after 31 games with just 13 left as the season reaches a climax.