LiveSunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Massive injury blow as Wolves loanee Dion Sanderson faces spell on the sidelines
Lee Johnson’s are hoping to return to winning ways when they face Blackpool tonight.
Sunderland followed a 2-2 draw against Hull City with a 3-3 draw with Accrington Stanley at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
The Black Cats are currently on a six-game winless run and haven’t won since the Good Friday clash against Oxford United.
But can Lee Johnson’s men regain any sort of form heading into the play-offs?
Indeed, if they win tonight and Portsmouth lose, Sunderland would be mathematically guaranteed a spot in the play-offs.
And the Sunderland Echo will have full coverage of the build-up to the clash plus the game itself in our live blog.
Here’s the latest from the Stadium of Light as Johnson’s men prepare to face the Tangerines at the Stadium of Light:
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Sunderland AFC transfer news (April 27)
Last updated: Tuesday, 27 April, 2021, 14:46
- Sunderland face Blackpool at the Stadium of Light tonight (7pm kick-off).
- Dion Sanderson is likely to miss the rest of the season with a back injury.
- The Black Cats are currently on a six-game winless run.
- Charlie Wyke has been shortlisted for the EFL’s League One Player of the Season award.
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Has Sanderson played his last game for Sunderland?
It certainly looks like the defender has played his last game this season.
Johnson says Sanderson will be out for six weeks, which would take us to June 8. The League One play-off final is on May 30.
Sanderson has a year left on his contract at Wolves while several clubs have been credited with interest in the player.
If Sunderland are to have any chance of re-signing Sanderson, they would surely have to win promotion from League One.
Massive injury blow
Lee Johnson has confirmed that Dion Sanderson is unlikely to play again this season as he faces six weeks on the sidelines.
The 21-year-old returned to Wolves last week to undergo scans on a back problem that has kept him out of Sunderland’s recent fixtures.
Johnson said: “Dion will be out for six weeks.
“He’s a good personality and a great kid first and foremost, but the bit that most impressed me was how he stepped up in the leadership and communications skills areas, which shows he has a bright future.
“It’s a big blow, but I don’t think about those types of things in that way.”
Sunderland’s 30-goal striker attracting interest from FOUR Championship clubs
Sunderland face a battle to keep hold of top scorer Charlie Wyke this summer with four Championship clubs now reported to be interested in securing his services.
The 28-year-old striker has scored 30 goals in all competitions for The Black Cats so far this season and has just been shortlisted for the EFL Player of the Season award.
Wyke, who is out of contract at the Stadium of Light in June, is now attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.
Sky Sports’ North East reporter Keith Downie tweeted that Cardiff, Middlesbrough, Millwall and Nottingham Forest are understood to be interested in Wyke. The striker would be able to leave on a free should he not be able to agree a new deal at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland boss Lee Johnson is currently focused on guiding the club back to the second tier after a three year absence – they currently sit third in the table with three games remaining but are without a win in their last six.
Wyke’s brace against Accrington Stanley saw him become the first Sunderland player since Kevin Phillips in 1999-2000 to score 30 goals in a single season.
And Phillips believes his former club could struggle to keep hold of Wyke, particularly if they fail to get promoted.
“The more he scores the more people will want him at the end of the day,” the Cats legend told Football Insider.
“If Sunderland don’t go up, there will be teams sniffing around – 100 per cent. When you are posting numbers like [30 goals], naturally, someone is going to be sniffing around.”
Sunderland loanee reacts after scoring four goals past ex-Black Cat Lee Camp
Sunderland loanee striker Will Grigg has reacted after putting four past Swindon Town’s Lee Camp for MK Dons last weekend.
The striker arrived at the Stadium of Light for a hefty fee three seasons ago but failed to deliver on Wearside and was loaned out to League One rivals MK Dons last January.
The four-goal haul now leaves the in-form Northern Irishman as MK Dons’ eighth all-time goalscorer in the league.
“It means a lot to have this record and at a club that I love is really special,” Grigg told MK Dons’ website before dropping a subtle hint about his future. “You never know, it might be one I end up breaking again one day!”
“To get four and break a record is brilliant. But full credit to the boys, I know it sounds cliche, but they made it easy for me. They put the ball in great areas consistently.
“The gaffer and Luke have been telling them to look forwards, look for Griggy, looking for the right areas and today it has paid off - I owe them everything and appreciate it.”
“The gaffer told me to get a hat-trick and he’d bring me off! I got that one so early I thought I’d stay on and I got the fourth!
“Charlie is a great lad, he works so hard. He has loads of ability and I was desperate for him to score. He’s got a really bright future. To watch them play with that sort of freedom, we could have scored even more. A few in the dressing room are disappointed not to score or get an assist.”
Sunderland linked with deal
Sunderland are working on a deal to sign Northampton Town youngster Tom Scott after he impressed on trial.
That’s according to Football Insider.
According to the website, the attacking midfielder is only on a scholarship deal at Northampton and the Black Cats are ready to offer him a professional contract.
The Black Cats are said to view Scott as a potential ‘first-team star of the future.’
The 18-year-old would likely link up with Sunderland’s Under-23s side next season.
Wyke up for EFL award
Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke has been shortlisted for the EFL’s League One Player of the Season award – along with former Black Cats’ captain George Honeyman.
The winner will be announced on Thursday April 29.
Sunderland and Oxford charged
Sunderland AFC and assistant head coach Jamie McAllister have been charged by the Football Association after the Good Friday fixture with Oxford United.
The U’s and their manager, Karl Robinson, have also been the subject of charges from the FA after incidents at half-time and full-time.
Robinson, who was sent to the stands by referee Trevor Kettle during the fixture, alleged after the game that a member of his playing staff had been head-butted at half-time during a feisty encounter at the Stadium of Light.
Vokins makes return for under-23 side
Jake Vokins made his Sunderland return as the club’s under-23 side beat Reading on Monday.
The full-back, who is on loan at the Stadium of Light from Southampton, played 45 minutes in the 2-1 triumph.
It was Vokins’ first outing since a brush with COVID-19 which left him needing further checks following an initial ECG before being cleared to return to action
But the loanee has now taken a major step towards an eventual first-team return in what will be a welcome boost for Lee Johnson, whose defensive options continue to be depleted with Jordan Willis, Dion Sanderson, Tom Flanagan, Arbenit Xhemajli and Conor McLaughlin all currently sidelined.
Cats appoint new head of player recruitment
Stuart Harvey says he is relishing the chance to implement an ‘innovative model’ at Sunderland – having been confirmed as the club’s head of player recruitment.
Harvey joins the club from Blackburn Rovers where he was the Championship side’s head of club talent identification and player analysis and fills the void left by former recruitment chief Tony Coton, who left the Academy of Light last summer.
His appointment is the latest in a string of changes made by Kyril Louis-Dreyfus since his arrival on Wearside, with Sunderland’s footballing structure having been almost entirely rebuilt.
Harvey will help Sunderland implement their new data-led recruitment model and will work closely with Kristjaan Speakman, Lee Johnson and new head of data and analysis James Young.
How can you watch and follow the game tonight?
What channel is Sunderland vs Blackpool on?
Unfortunately, the League One match between Sunderland and Blackpool 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, this fixture hasn’t been chosen to be broadcast.
Can I stream Sunderland vs Blackpool online?
Yes, Sunderland’s game against Blackpool will be streamed on iFollow 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.
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Portsmouth owner makes bold play-off prediction ahead of final games
Pompey owner Michael Eisner has predicted that Portsmouth can gain promotion through the play-offs this season,
Portsmouth could face Sunderland if they do make it into the play-offs.
Danny Cowley’s side are only outside the top six on goal difference, tied on points with Blackpool and Oxford United above them with three games left to play.
But Eisner remains confident that Pompey will be successful in their quest and took to social to send a message to the club’s supporters.
He tweeted: “I’m feeling Pompey will get into the playoffs and get promoted to the Championship.
He added: “Yes, I’m an optimist,” with the hashtag ‘Play up Pompey’.”
Former Sunderland managers emerge as surprise contenders for Tottenham job with bookies
Chris Coleman has been installed as a contender for the vacant Tottenham job following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
Ryan Mason is currently in temporary charge and oversaw Spurs’ 1-0 loss to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup yesterday.
The former Wales and Black Cats manager has been installed at 40/1 with SkyBet to take the job.
Another former Sunderland boss, David Moyes, currently at West Ham, is also an outside shot at 50/1 with Roy Keane at the same price.
Sam Allardyce is a massive outside shot at 100/1 with Paddy Power.