Tony Mowbray’s Sunderland return to motion within the Championship this afternoon as they journey to Kenilworth Highway to tackle Luton City.
The Black Cats have misplaced their final two matches within the division and have solely received one among their final seven video games, which has left them sitting within the backside half of the table.
They’ll now be hoping to return to profitable methods as they face Luton City, who’re four factors forward of Sunderland, after dropping 4-2 to Burnley final day trip.
The supervisor might look to make adjustments from the crew that was crushed on the Stadium of Mild final weekend and one participant who ought to be introduced again into the XI is centre-forward, Ellis Simms.
Mowbray has confirmed that the attacker is again and out there to play an element this weekend. The supervisor doesn’t need to throw him in with 90 minutes right away and has revealed that they’ll take a cautious strategy to his sport time throughout the 4 video games earlier than the break.
Nevertheless, the top coach should unleash the striker from the beginning in opposition to Luton and provides him the primary half to see what he’s able to doing. If he will get by the opening 45 with out too many issues then they might lengthen it till the sixtieth minute and relaxation him for the ultimate 30, bringing on somebody with tempo – like Jewison Bennette or Jack Clarke – to take advantage of drained legs.
Ought to Ellis Simms begin?
Clarke has been used by the center in latest matches however the return of Simms would enable him to play in his extra pure broad function, which supplies him the prospect to take full-backs on and create probabilities utilizing his tempo as a winger – leaving the on-loan Everton man within the striker place to profit from these alternatives.
Simms, who was dubbed an “absolute nuisance“ by journalist Phil Smith earlier this season, loved a unbelievable begin to the marketing campaign as he scored three objectives and created two massive probabilities for his teammates in eight Championship appearances.
The 21-year-old is a goalscorer and will provide a pure quantity 9 choice for Sunderland in opposition to Luton, as an alternative of getting Clarke in as a makeshift striker. Subsequently, Mowbray should unleash the 21-year-old upfront forward of the previous Spurs man, who might transfer out broad to supply service for the £1.3k-per-week ahead.