RR: The Sunderland and Everton love affair seems to be never ending. We were only talking last month on your podcast about SAFC bringing some youngsters from Everton as part of the Pickford deal! Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway look set to join us on a season-long loan. Can you describe each player in a few sentences?
AP: We've seen more of Galloway than Browning but they've both got potential. I’m a little surprised to see Galloway go out on loan given the volume of games we could have this season with the Europa League. Everton must be looking to bring in another defender who can play on the left, but we'll see.
When Galloway came into the side under Roberto Martinez he showed some decent signs but in the end needed the break when Baines returned from injury. He's a centre half by trade, quite astute and decent on the ball - I hope you play him there because that's what he needs and where you'll get the best out of him. Browning on the other hand actually made his first appearance in 2014 in a 1-1 draw at Anfield and did okay, but has only appeared for us around three times.
They've both got a bit about them but Galloway has shown a lot more.
RR: Brendan Galloway deputised for Leighton Baines at left back in 2015/16 before a loan move to West Brom. How did he do? Were you suprised he was loaned out?
AP: I thought WBA made loads of sense given that he was going to be playing under Pulis, but it didn't seem to work there because of injuries or whatever.
Again, with Browning it's hard to say because we've just not seen enough of him, but to be thrown in the deep end against the Reds (and cope) is probably testament to his character. I remember him replacing Tony Hibbert in that game at Anfield and getting up and down that right hand side a bit and causing a few issues - he’s decent going forward.
RR: Apparently Galloway has struggled with injuries over the past year, which ruined his loan to West Brom last season. Has that been that main reason he hasn't seemed to push on?
AP: I think Galloway had that issue, plus the fact that towards the back end of his time in the first team he started to lapse. I remember against Stoke at home he was absolutely torn apart by Xherdan Shaqiri and Glen Johnson - granted, he had Arouna Kone in front of him! That left him exposed but it was a sign that he was starting to struggle a little.
Still, I think his attitude is good and with a season in the Championship with a big club like yours it'll do him the world of good.
RR: Browning on the other side moved to Preston on loan and played under our new gaffer after signing a two-year contract in January last year, did he return with a glowing reference or do you think he needs more game time to impress Koeman?
AP: Browning will also benefit from this. Out of the two I'll assume you'll be more likely to keep him on a permanent deal if he does well, because odds are that Everton will want Galloway back, such is his potential.
The good thing for Tyias is he is gonna have a year in a hard league. That’s probably exactly what he needs to test him. He’ll be at a decent club with a chance to develop and help you bounce straight back (which is what your fans deserve).
RR: All in all, how do you expect them to do for us?
AP: Yeah, I expect they'll both do well but I’m going to guess that you'll be more impressed with Galloway. Him and Kone - if he stays - at centre half might work. The jury is out on Browning still, though.
We've probably got a few others you can take. There's young Kieran Dowell too who could do with the experience and I wouldn't be adverse to Mo Besic getting some fitness up there since he’s been out with injury for a while.
Hopefully they can both shine and contribute enough to get you back in the league.