Sunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Talk and build-up as Black Cats prepare to face Wigan Athletic in League One
Sunderland face Wigan Athletic in League One tonight.
And The Echo has all of the latest news and build-up in our daily Sunderland news blog.
Keep up-to-date with all of the latest goings-on before we bring you live coverage of the League One clash at the DW Stadium tonight with Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly in attendance.
The Black Cats lost 2-1 to Nigel Adkins’ side at the Stadium of Light last weekend.
The result means Sunderland are now five points adrift of second-place Peterborough United but Lee Johnson’s men do have a game in hand on Darren Ferguson’s side.
The Black Cats are also now eight points off league-leaders Hull City but have two games in hand on the Tigers plus a game to play against Grant McCann’s men.
Here, we’ll have all the latest news as Sunderland prepare to face the Latics in the third-tier:
Sunderland AFC transfer news (April 13)
Last updated: Tuesday, 13 April, 2021, 07:33
- Sunderland face Wigan Athletic tonight in League One
- The Black Cats are looking to bounce back from a first loss in 14 league games against Charlton last weekend
- The dates for the League One play-offs have been revealed by the EFL
League One play-off dates confirmed
A break down of the dates for the League One play-offs can be found below:
League One match A, first leg – Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – 18.00
League One match B first leg – Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – 18.00
League One match A second leg – Friday, May 21, 2021 – 19.45
League One match B second leg – Saturday, May, 22 2021 – 15:00
League One play-off final – Sunday, May, 30, 2021 – 15.00
League One table as it stands ahead of tonight’s games
How the table looks on form, with Sunderland sixth and Wigan Athletic 20th
Kevin Phillips delivers Dion Sanderson opinion
Speaking to Football Insider, Kevin Phillips has urged Dion Sanderson not to sign for Newcastle United this summer.
“Sanderson would be a very brave lad if he was to step across and play for Newcastle after playing for Sunderland.
“My advice to him would be, ‘ Don’t do it!’ It would not be worth the hassle.
“He has proven this season that he is going to get better and better. It will not be just Newcastle sniffing around him, I am sure there will be a few other clubs as well.
“It is going to be difficult for Sunderland to sign him permanently this summer but I would be very surprised if he went to Newcastle, put it that way.”
Marcus Maddison to leave Bolton Wanderers and return to Charlton Athletic
Bolton Wanderers have reached an agreement with Charlton Athletic to terminate Marcus Maddison’s loan deal.
The player’s name was mentioned with a move to Sunderland when he played for Peterborough United.
Maddison joined Bolton on loan from Charlton in January.
However, the attacking midfielder failed to make a real impact since arriving at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Maddison has made only four league starts for Ian Evatt’s side and has failed to score or single assist in a total of 10 appearances.
Ian Evatt said: “The consequences of the pandemic have brought many challenges to so many people, and Marcus, in particular, has found it exceptionally difficult being away from his young daughter and alone in his hotel room.
“First and foremost, our priority is the well-being of all our staff and players, and Marcus’s best interests are paramount.
“He is a very talented footballer and everybody at Bolton Wanderers Football Club wishes him well for the future.”
Marcus Maddison on Bolton exit
Kevin Phillips talks team selection and potential £60m budget ahead of Wigan clash
Speaking to Football Insider ahead of the club’s meeting with Wigan, the former Sunderland striker said: “There has been a little bit of flack directed McFadzean’s way but it’s swings and roundabouts for me.
“He has done well in stages this season.
“It might be time for a change at left-back now with Hume coming back from injury and the loss.
“It was a big blow in their push for promotion and maybe that little tweak could do wonders.
“It might be a position Lee Johnson looks at.”
The former England striker also spoke about Sunderland’s rumoured £60m transfer budget if they get promoted to the Championship this season.
“It would be massive. It would be one of the biggest budgets in the Championship, if not the biggest. It is huge money. Let’s hope that they get there so Lee Johnson has the chance to spend that kind of money.
“If Sunderland do get promotion, and that money is spent wisely, with a full crowd back in the Stadium of Light, you start to get a little bit excited. We need to get there first though. There is still a lot of work to be done on the pitch this season.”
TV and streaming details ahead of tonight’s game
What channel is Wigan Athletic vs Sunderland on?
Unfortunately, the League One match between Sunderland and Wigan won’t be shown on television.
Unlike the Black Cats’ recent 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 Wigan Athletic vs Sunderland online?
Yes, Sunderland’s game against Wigan 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.
The Sunderland Echo will also have full coverage from the Stadium of Light and will be hosting another watch party.