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Poyet Promises Weekend Debuts For New Boys

Gus plans on giving heroes of Old Trafford plenty of weekend rest ahead of the crucial Premier League game against Stoke.

Clive Mason

Santiago Vergini and Oscar Ustari will both make their Sunderland bows in the FA Cup against Kidderminster this weekend.

Both were on the bench to watch their new team mates produce a memorable night at Old Trafford having only joined the club this week. Neither arrive with any first team guarantees, but both will get a chance to ease themselves in when Kidderminster Harriers visit Wearside for the fourth round clash.

Their inclusions won't be the only changes, either. Poyet told the Sunderland Echo:

I plan to make many changes for the Kidderminster game.

Hopefully I will be able to rest everyone - so there will be games for both our new signings, Santiago Vergini and Oscar Ustari.

They were both on the bench at Old Trafford and the great thing, from our point of view, is that they will have seen that and they will know they have a challenge at this club getting into the team.

That is good. That is how it should be.

They will get their debuts this weekend, but they will know they cannot rely on being automatically picked after witnessing what their team-mates did at Old Trafford.

It has to be expected, really. The physical effort of 120 minutes will be an obvious drain, but the emotional drain will be immense. With the Stoke game coming so soon afterwards, rest is imperative.

As well as Vergini and Ustari, Sunderland will be able to call on the likes of Emanuele Giaccherini, Jozy Altidore, Valentin Roberge, Ondrej Celustka and Seb Larsson as senior players who did not feature, or barely featured, against Manchester United.

Then there is the option of giving some of the younger lads a run out after watching Duncan Watmore and El-Hadji Ba impress so much against Carlisle in round three.

Feel free to give us the team you'd play against Kiddy in the comments box below. You know, just for kicks and stuff.

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