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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 Nash



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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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.


Five ins and outs Sunderland could complete this week

Who might make the move to and from the Stadium of Light in the coming week?

Mathew Nash



Charlie Wyke

Sunderland may have missed out on on Mo Eisa to Bristol City, but another striker target could be on his way to the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats are targeting Bradford City attacker Charlie Wyke and have made an improved bid for the player.

An original offer of £600,000 was lodged last week but they have now upped that offer to £1 million.

Bolton Wanderers are also keen on the player.

Ross McCormack

Sunderland are reportedly interested in a loan deal for the Aston Villa misfit. The Daily Mail report that the Black Cats are willing to bring the 31-year-old to the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan spell.

Sunderland previously failed to complete such a deal last year.

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Jordan Jones

The Mail also suggest that Sunderland want Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones. The Northern Ireland international has been in fine form in Scotland and Sunderland are hopeful of luring him south of the border.

Andrew Nelson

One youngster who could leave is striker Nelson.

The 20-year-old is wanted by Falkirk on loan next season, according to the Sunderland Echo. He spent the second half of last season at the Scottish club and it appears they are keen on bringing him back.

George Evans

This deal appeared to be as good as done but has not yet been finalised.

In fact, HITC recently reported that the deal is currently unlikely after a breakdown in talks between the two parties.

The Reading Chronicle is reporting that interest from a Championship club has delayed any move as Evans assesses his options.

Sunderland will no doubt hope to still push this deal through in the coming days.

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A-League form should encourage Sunderland into Ross McCormack deal

The Scotland striker is out of favour at Aston Villa and Sunderland are said to be keen.

Mathew Nash



Sunderland are said to be keen on the loan signing of Ross McCormack this summer. The Aston Villa man cost the Villans £12 million when signed from Fulham in the summer of 2016. However, his time at Villa Park has been highly unsuccessful. He has scored just three times for the club since and barely played after falling out with manager Steve Bruce.

It has been quite a fall from grace for a player who was one of the Championship’s most lethal marksmen in the three years preceding.

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Even a spell at Nottingham Forest in winter 2016-17 was unsuccessful. The Scot managed just one goal in seven games in a deal that effectively ended early in March..

So why would Sunderland bring him in?

Clearly, it seems, his best days are behind him. That may be true, but his performances in Australia recently suggest he still has what it takes to score at a certain level.

“We hope he [McCormack] looks back on his time in Melbourne and thoroughly enjoyed it. He was a hit with the fans and players so I think it worked for both parties. It’s just disappointing and frustrating we couldn’t come to an agreement and prolong it until the end of the season.”

 – Melbourne City boss Warren Joyce speaking after McCormack’s loan spell

McCormack joined Melbourne City on loan in September 2017. He managed to score an impressive 14 goals in 17 games for the side in his six months down under.

The A-League is a level below the Championship, but perhaps on par with the majority of teams in League One. If McCormack can find goals in Australia, then at the third-tier he could be equally as deadly.

As long as everything is in order off the pitch, the Scot would be a great addition to Sunderland’s slim attacking options.

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Age and wages will leave Sunderland struggling to sell Papy Djilobodji

Mathew Nash



There is a sense of excitement around Sunderland at the moment, despite their relegation to League One. It is only the second time the club has featured in the third-tier of English football but with a new owner, new manager and a new first-team shaping up, there are reasons to be positive.

Of course, there is also some deadwood to trim. Four players who are all expected to leave Sunderland this season are currently still on the books. Didier Ndong, Lamine Kone, Bryan Oviedo and Papy Djilobodji are all set to leave this summer.

The latter will no doubt prove the hardest to sell.

Djilobodji joined Sunderland from Chelsea in the summer of 2016 for a fee in the region of £8 million. The Senegalese star went on to become an undoubted failure at the Stadium of Light.

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Despite impressing on loan at Werder Bremen before his move to Wearside, he flopped dramatically. He played 21 times as Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League, failing to impress in any of his appearances.

Now, despite the fact he had a half-decent spell at Dijon on loan last season, selling the player will not be easy.

The 29-year-old, who has had his wages stopped after failing to report for pre-season training, turns 30 in December. Sunderland will want to recoup as much of their £8 million fee as possible, although surely know that is increasingly unlikely. Nobody will go near that price for a failing talent approaching his 30th birthday.

“He has requested not to come back – no we are not paying his wages.”

– Sunderland owner Stewart Donald on Papy Djilobodji


Then there are his wages. Djilobodji is reportedly on £33,000-a-month, according to L’Equipe, which no club will want to pay for his services. that equates to £1.7 million-a-year. 


Sunderland must do what they can to get rid of the Senegalese defender. But finding someone to stump up cash and buy him? That is looking like a tall order.   

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