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Tyias Browning injury could save Brendan Galloway’s miserable season

Browning’s absence means Galloway might get a chance in the Sunderland first-team

Mathew Coull



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Everton fans have often been wondering why Cuco Martina is playing at left-back this season, when the club have a talented player in that option out on loan. Brendan Galloway is currently at Championship side Sunderland but was not recalled in January despite the injury to Leighton Baines.

In fact, he might have been recalled simply because he is not playing at the Stadium of Light.

The Zimbawe-born defender has failed to have a telling impact on Wearside this season. He has not played for the Black Cats, who are bottom of the Championship, since the 9th December.

Instead Galloway has been playing with the under-23s. Sunderland boss Chris Coleman simply did not fancy him but now, it seems, he may get a chance. If he does, it will be due to an injury to fellow Everton loanee Tyias Browning.

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Browning has suffered a groin strain, putting him out for the rest of the season. With Sunderland already short on central defenders, Galloway is in contention for a recall. Coleman explained as much to the Sunderland Echo:

“Brendan’s had a few U23 games and he asked to play in those so fair play to him.

“He’s trained hard, he might get a call depending on what happens with Sheasy on Friday, he could be in the squad. It is hard for him, it hasn’t worked out but I said to him 6 weeks ago, if you don’t move, stay fit because you never know. He has done that and so he may get a chance. “

This could present Galloway with the perfect chance to finally get his career back on track. When he first broke through at Everton it seemed as though Galloway was destined for the first-team.

But he has simply not developed since. A loan spell at West Brom last season proved to be a disaster and his spell at Sunderland has been, arguably, even worse. Being dropped from a team performing as badly as the Black Cats hardly acts as a measure of confidence.

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Galloway could, however, have the chance to prove himself to Coleman and get back into first-team action. It will be at centre-back, not his favoured position, but right now the Everton loanee will take what he can get.

The England under-21 international is still contracted to Everton until 2020 so will be hoping he has what it takes to make it at Goodison Park.

This weekend might be his last big break at Sunderland to show what he is capable of.

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Sheffield Wednesday must do everything in their power to sign George Honeyman

Josh Kerr



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Sheffield Wednesday are firmly in the hunt for the talented George Honeyman, and the Championship side must do everything in their power to get their man.

The Owls join Aston Villa and Fulham in a race to sign the Sunderland midfielder, according to reports from The Sun.

The 23-year-old has been a Black Cat his entire footballing career. However, the threat of dropping down a division could cause the talented youngster to consider his options this summer.

The midfielder was one of Sunderland’s brighter stars this season, and he would be forgiven even by the most loyal supporters if he was considering a move away from the Stadium of Light.

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The Englishman made 37 starts this season and scored six goals as well as contributing two assists for the recently relegated Black Cats.

At 23, Honeyman has progressed leaps and bounds this season, and he could be the influential midfielder Sheffield Wednesday need if they are put in a more serious attempt of making the play-offs next season.

Arguably the brightest spark in a woeful Sunderland side, Honeyman has bags of energy and still has years to develop. With the Black Cats needing a massive clear out due to financial struggles, the Owls must make it their priority to swoop.

Honeyman has just one year left on his deal at the Stadium of Light, meaning his current club may be forced to sell. If Wednesday come in at the right price, securing his signature could come as one of the coups of the summer window.

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Is Everton return the perfect move for Sunderland’s Jack Rodwell?

A return to Goodison Park could revitalise the English midfielder.

Max Cohen



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In the build-up to Sunderland’s match against Fulham on Friday night, Chris Coleman’s scathing remarks on the subject of exiled midfielder Jack Rodwell made headlines.

The former English international was torn apart by his manager’s harsh comments, leading many to wonder what is next for the 27-year-old central midfielder.

It is clear his future does not lie at the Stadium of Light, as the club has suffered consecutive relegations and will likely be unable to foot his sizable wage.

The once-promising English youngster joined the Black Cats from Manchester City in 2014 for a hefty fee of £10 million but has largely failed to impress at the club.

Rodwell made 20 appearances during last season’s Premier League relegation campaign but has since been absent from the first team set-up.

With only three first-team appearances to his name this season, with the last coming in September 2017, the subject of the midfielder has been an embarrassing stain on the club.

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Chris Coleman made it clear how little he values Rodwell.

“I don’t even know where Jack is,” he told BBC Sport. It was a damning statement, detailing the breakdown in communication that has occurred between the player and the club.

The midfielder was given a chance to walk away from the club in January on a free transfer, but he revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail that he had no intentions of leaving Sunderland.

Now Rodwell must surely be on the way out of the Stadium of Light given his manager’s public humiliation of the 27-year-old.

For the midfielder, once a promising youngster who made his professional debut for Everton at just 16 years of age, a career-saving move is necessary this summer.

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A sensational return to Goodison Park could be the perfect move for Rodwell to restart his footballing dream. His best days were spent at his local club, and the Southport-born midfielder would crucially feel at home at Everton after a long exile.

The England international also still has much to offer at the top level of football and his best football in recent memory came when playing under Everton manager Sam Allardyce at Sunderland.

A reunion with both his former manager and past club could be a superb transfer for Jack Rodwell this summer, finally allowing the midfielder to recapture his sensational form of yesteryear. 

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Sunderland need to bring back Mick McCarthy to lead rebuild

The 59-year-old managed the Black Cats for three years back in 2003.

Jake Jackman



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Sunderland have had an awful last few seasons and that culminated on Saturday in relegation from the Championship.

The Black Cats become the first team to suffer back-to-back relegations from the Premier League since Wolverhampton Wanderers across the 2011/12 and 2012/13 campaigns.

The Midlands club have since managed to rebuild and they will be returning to the top-flight next season after a six-year absence.

It might feel like an unrecoverable position for Sunderland, but there are a few examples in recent history of teams dropping to the third tier before coming back as a stronger outfit.

Wolves are the latest one, while Southampton managed to achieve the same not too long ago.

The most important thing for the Black Cats is that they use this as an opportunity to completely rebuild the club and they will need an experienced manager to lead that this summer.

Chris Coleman has come across well in the media since taking over at the Stadium of Light, but the results on the pitch haven’t picked up and a change in the dugout will provide the club with a completely new start.

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If the job does become available, it will take a certain type of manager to want to take it.

The rebuild won’t be easy and the financial implications of a double relegation mean that the right approach will need to be taken.

One name that jumps out as a great candidate is Mick McCarthy.

The former Ipswich Town manager has had success at the Stadium of Light before and he will be looking for a new challenge.

During his previous spell at the club, he managed to rally the club after relegation and get them back up to the Premier League at the second attempt.

He was eventually dismissed for a poor season in the top-flight, but, overall, he performed well.

His fiery style of management looks to be a perfect fit for Sunderland in their current state.

Their fall through the leagues has been due to many factors, one of which has been a lack of passion and application from the players.

McCarthy won’t be afraid to jettison a lot of the squad and start a completely fresh chapter in League One.

Although emotion shouldn’t often affect decisions made in the board room, it can be a positive to bring in somebody that has a connection to the club.

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Sunderland have completely lost their soul over the last decade and they need to have people at the club that care.

McCarthy would love to be the manager to rebuild the club and he has a point to prove after his Ipswich tenure finished on a sour note.

The best response to his critics would be to take another job and prove his credentials again. The job at Sunderland looks to be a perfect fit, both for McCarthy and the club.

Sunderland have become used to losing during the last ten years and a long line of managers have failed to change that mentality.

Throughout his managerial career, McCarthy has a win percentage of 38.8% and is a proven quantity in the Football League.

It may not be the ‘sexiest’ of appointments, but he would certainly stamp his authority on the squad and he is the best man for the job.

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