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Kyle Magennis has struggled since Sunderland links, but should remain on radar


Kyle Magennis has struggled since Sunderland links, but should remain on radar

The St Mirren youngster was linked with a move to Sunderland.

When Jack Ross took over at Sunderland he was immediately linked with a long list of talented Scottish players. One such player was a former St Mirren player, whom he had worked with in Paisley. The player in question was talented winger Kyle Magennis.

The Express suggested that Sunderland were keen on the player, who was valued in the region of £1 million.

BRADFORD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Sunderland manager Jack Ross at the final whistle during the Sky Bet League One match between Bradford City and Sunderland at Northern Commercials Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

A move certainly made sense. Ross was a huge fan of the youngster from his time with the club. Magennis had just come off the back of a great season starring on the right-wing before eventually finding his home in a central midfield role.

“He’s a really, really good player. I think for 18 years old, the way he drives with the ball from midfield is one of his biggest assets. A lot of young midfielders pass, they don’t drive with the ball…

“I’m delighted, he is a player that with his attitude and approach to the game will get better…”

– Jack Ross discussing Magennis in 2016


However, just one month after the initial links, Magennis had signed a new deal with The Buddies.

Sunderland will not, however, feel too aggrieved. Magennis has not yet stood out since the club’s promotion to the Scottish top-flight. The Scottish under-21 international played every minute of the club’s opening five games but failed to register a goal or assist, as St Mirren one just one of them.

Now, he is currently facing two months out of action with a torn hamstring.

The good news here is that he is young. At only 20-years-old, he has plenty of time to improve. If he can do that, then Sunderland’s boss will definitely not have forgotten him. For now, Sunderland will be glad they did not sign the youngster. But they should still be keeping tabs on his form once he recovers from injury.

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