Grayson praises Darron Gibson after Bury perfomance
Simon Grayson praised Darron Gibson after a strong showing against Bury in the Carabao Cup last night. The midfielder played a full 90 minutes and controlled the game alongside Didier NDong in a tie that Sunderland needed to win in order to set the right tone for the season ahead.
The manager felt Gibson showed quality and work rate as he went some way to responding to his critics after that outburst:
I thought he dominated the midfield area, him and Didier. I thought they controlled it when they needed to and worked hard off the ball.
I think he had to answer a few questions because of what he said and other people wanted to see him put on a performance and I thought he did. He showed experience with the ball and without it, I'm really pleased for him.
Gibson will need to put in a few more performances like that against tougher opponents if he is going to fully redeem himself in the eyes of the Sunderland faithful, but it was a decent start.
There has been no move for Grant Leadbitter, yet
Sunderland have been linked with signing 31 year-old Grant Leadbitter from Middlesbrough this summer and Simon Grayson passed some comment in his post-match reaction last night.
Asked about the former Black Cats midfielder, Grayson said:
He is part of a group of players being linked with us all the time.
At this time I have not spoken to Garry [Monk].
Grant is a Sunderland boy who has been at the club before but he is just one of a number of names we are being linked with all of the time.
Whilst no move seems to have been made for the midfielder, Grayson certainly didn’t deny interest from the Sunderland camp.
Needless to say, signing a midfielder of Leadbitter’s quality and experience would only be a positive addition to the Sunderland ranks, especially if the likes of Jack Rodwell continue to under-perform this season.
Under-18 prospect leaves Academy of Light
18 year-old left back Oscar Krusnell has joined Swedish side Hammarby for an undisclosed fee after agreeing a three year contract with the Stockholm club.
Hammarby’s Sporting Director Jasper Jansson certainly seemed pleased to have landed him, lauding him as “the leading left back in his age group. He is a regular in the youth team (Sweden)”.
Krusnall joined Sunderland in July 2015 and has been a regular in the Under-18 side. He leaves despite having another two years remaining on his contract.
The full back appears to have failed to make the desired impact on Wearside though if Krusnell is as good as Hammarby believe he is, it does raise the question of why Sunderland have let him go. Perhaps its simply a case of the young lad feeling homesick and maybe one day we’ll be looking at him as another one that got away.
Titus Bramble joins ninth-tier Stowmarket Town
Former Sunderland defender Titus Bramble has signed a one-year contract with Eastern Counties Premier Division side Stowmarket Town.
The centre back played his last professional game 4 years ago against Manchester United for Sunderland and has since been a coach at his hometown club, Ipswich.
Manager Rick Andrews is more than happy to have welcomed Titus into the fold:
He came to training a couple of weeks ago, enjoyed it immensely and wanted to get involved.
From what I've seen in training, he's certainly very comfortable at this level.
The 36 year old joins a squad with some of his old school mates and is eligible to make his debut against Felixstowe & Walton United this Saturday.
Will he play 40 games this season? Probably not. Will he play a fair chunk of games? Hopefully.
Bramble will also take on a coaching role with the side and his experience from 292 Premier League appearances could prove very handy throughout Stowmarket’s season.