Sunderland take an extended look at West Brom winger with decisions due on two trialists today
Sunderland are set to make their decision on trial duo Tyler Frost and Tyler Hamilton today – but have handed Stan Asomugha an extended stay at the Academy of Light.
The trio featured for the Black Cats in their 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Friday evening, with Frost and Asomugha having featured in the clash with West Ham with the previous week.
And a decision on Frost is set to be made today, with the midfielder having been told he will not be handed a new deal with current club Reading.
West Brom sideman Asomugha, however, is set to be handed a further opportunity to impress and could feature for Sunderland in their Durham Challenge Cup clash with Seaham Red Star on Tuesday, February 18.
“Stan and Tyler Frost both played against West Ham and they were smashing,” said under-23 boss Elliott Dickman.
“Tyler has played two games now, but Stan’s situation is slightly different and he could be involved on Tuesday night. He’s going to stay up a little bit longer.
“But Tyler, we need to sit down on Monday and take stock of the whole situation and go from there.”
Tyler Hamilton, who made his sole appearance for Sunderland at St James’s Park, is also set to discover his fate today.
“Tyler Hamilton is no longer at a club, so we can do a little bit more with him if we want to,” explained Dickman.
“Again, we won’t make that decision until Monday.”
Dickman is keen to make sure any decisions take a long-term view into account – with a number of contract decisions still to be made on the existing under-23 squad.
“If we see something we like, it’s something we can consider,” he said.
“We need to sit down as a staff, look at exactly who will be around next season, whose under contract and what we want to do,
“The lads at the minute, their names are on the table and we just need to have a good, really deep conversation to give them the respect for coming up and giving their all.”