Sunderland have quite a lot of promising younger gamers in Tony Mowbray’s squad who’re pushing to grow to be regulars within the aspect this season.
Daniel Neil has established himself as a starter, with 14 begins within the Championship, and the likes of Abdoullah Ba, Edouard Michut, and Amad Diallo must be hoping to observe in his footsteps.
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The Black Cats have loved success with younger gamers over time, whether or not that has been with signings or gamers from the academy, however they’ve additionally had their justifiable share of gaffes, in gems not fulfilling their potential or leaving too early.
One participant the membership had a nightmare with was younger ahead Sam Greenwood. The attacker left the membership in the summertime of 2018 and is now beginning to make his breakthrough at first-team stage.
He joined Arsenal because the Black Cats negotiated an upfront payment of £500k – with add-ons taking it over £1m – to promote him forward of the 2018/19 marketing campaign, with Stewart Donald unable to persuade the gem to remain after 12 purpose contributions in 15 video games for the U18s.
Greenwood then moved to Leeds for a payment rising to £3m in the summertime of 2020 and he was promoted to the first-team squad at Elland Highway in January of this yr.
Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan beforehand hailed the younger ahead’s set-piece high quality and described his deadball capacity as a “weapon“.
Jesse Marsch has additionally heaped reward on the gem prior to now, saying: “Initially, he has loads of flexibility to his recreation. He’s performed six, eight, 10, he can play striker. In some methods, it’s not truthful to him to attempt completely different positions, however he’s an clever participant. He suits inside what we’re attempting to construct inside our crew.
“He’s a tough employee, he’s an clever man, he’s ready and that’s the rationale why we use him in loads of positions as a result of he’s very adaptable. He understands ways and his function and he has huge expertise.”
Greenwood scored 21 targets and supplied six assists in 40 U21 matches for Leeds and that was sufficient to persuade the American head coach to advertise him to the primary crew, the place he has made 17 appearances to this point – aiding two targets within the Premier League.
The 20-year-old has performed four matches within the English top-flight this season and is exhibiting that he’s a participant with the potential to grow to be a daily at that stage sooner or later, as he’s being trusted with minutes at such a younger age.
Subsequently, former Black Cats proprietor Donald had a howler by failing to persuade Greenwood to remain as they missed out on having a terrific younger expertise within the Academy of Mild and had been compensated with simply £500k – because the add-ons had been not likely to have been met as a result of him transferring on to Leeds.
Sunderland supporters will now have to observe the remainder of his profession unfold and, if he continues to be successful within the prime flight, marvel what may have been…