DAVID Young, the first player for whom Sunderland have paid a transfer fee for over two years, steps out for his debut against Brighton at Roker Park tomorrow afternoon. Young, partnered in a £35,000 package deal with Newcastle United along with Ron Guthrie, who is expected to sign on Monday will wear the No. 6 and will presumably operate in the sweeper role in which he excels.
He takes over the number, but not the task which John Tones tackled on making his League debut for Sunderland in their last game against Preston North End three weeks ago. There is one more simply change, with Joe Bolton taking over at left back from Keith Coleman, who is troubled by a recurrence of flu.
There is a sight reshuffle in attack, with the leader scorer, John Lathan, returning at No. 9 where his partners in the striking force will be Bobby Kerr, Billy Hughes and Dennis Tueart.
Mick Horswill, who wore the No. 8 when switched for an experimental run at midfield could be tackling the same task tomorrow afternoon, though wearing the No. 4 on this occasion, while midfield man Ian Porterfield will continue at No. 10.
Mick McGiven will be on standby as substitute.
Team: Montgomery, Malone and Bolton, Horswill, Watson and Young, Kerr, Hughes, Lathan, Porterfield and Tueart. Substitute, McGiven.
Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on January 5 1973.