Having been initially linked with a move to Wearside last week, the Daily Mail have today claimed that Huddersfield attacker Joe Lolley could be allowed to leave the newly-promoted club on loan this summer.
The 24 year old - formerly of Kidderminster Harriers - missed the majority of last season through injury, and Huddersfield boss David Wagner is willing to allow the attacking midfielder the chance to leave to get first team football.
Lolley has played 81 games for Huddersfield during his 4 seasons in Yorkshire and has bagged 9 goals. Last season he managed to play on just 19 occasions, scoring just once.
A loan deal would probably suit Sunderland well when you consider our lack of financial prowess. Sheffield United and Barnsley are the two other teams alleged to be interested in his services.
Lens gone, Hugill in?
The sale of Jermain Lens to Turkish side Besiktas yesterday has reportedly opened the door for Simon Grayson to flex his transfer muscles. Around £5 million was recuperated upon the sale of the Dutch international, and various reports across the media claim that Sunderland’s manager is hoping to spend a significant amount of that money on Preston striker Jordan Hugill.
The Boro-born forward has long been linked with Sunderland since Simon Grayson took charge and started Preston’s victory on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday on the bench.
Preston are standing firm on the sale of Hugill and are in no rush to move him on, meaning any potential sale of the striker could rumble on right until the end of the current transfer window.
Honeyman happy with start
Sunderland academy product George Honeyman impressed everyone with his composed performance on Friday night against Derby County.
Completing a full 90 minutes, the Prudhoe-born midfielder came close to scoring and was heavily involved in what was an impressive team performance from Simon Grayson’s men.
In an interview with the Northern Echo, Honeyman claimed that he deserved his start and feels it’s now about keeping his place in the side:
We’ve got to get used to not being the underdogs in every game, that’ll be a process. But it’s good, yeah – the lads loved the atmosphere and loved the game. If we keep playing like that we know they will keep coming. The crowd love hard work, attacking and competitive games, that’s what we gave them. With this manager, that’s what we will give them every week. Hopefully they’ll keep coming in their droves and we can climb up the table.”
One of the big positives was going behind early on and not letting that affect us. Last year and other seasons, we’ve conceded one we’ve conceded three. It was good to stay solid and grow back into the game. If we can do that throughout the season we’ll give ourselves one hell of a chance.
It’s not like the gaffer is doing me any favours, I think I’ve deserved to start. It does give you that lift, that trust he’s placed in you. I was playing at the back end of last year and I thought I did myself no harm in terms of staying in the team, but, with the change of manager, as a young player you never know if it is case of starting from scratch. The manager has been really good in pre-season. I’ve played as much as anyone, when I was in the team, it is just about staying in it now.
Away Kit is on sale
Roker Report was the first to show fans the new sky blue away kit on Friday, and the club have now officially released the kit to the public for sale this morning.
Sunderland had Brendan O’Donnell - the great great grandson of Sunderland founder James Allan - first model the kit on Friday and, in an interview with SAFC.com, O’Donnell spoke about how thrilled he was to be asked to get involved in the reveal:
I’m so proud of the link with Sunderland AFC that we have from my great, great granddad and we love coming up to Sunderland, to the city and to the stadium to watch the team play.
I'm equally proud to have been asked to take part in the campaign for the away kit; it was a real honour and the kit is fantastic!
Grabban loves Vaughany
Lewis Grabban marked his first-team debut on Friday with a goal, and was cruelly denied a second by the width of a post in the second half.
Speaking to the Evening Chronicle, Grabban spoke about his performance and his relationship with fellow new recruit James Vaughan:
I think me and Vaughany did well, we worked well and formed a good partnership, one dropping in and helping out defensively. Hopefully we can build on that and have a lot of success this season for the team.
It’s nice to score a goal on your debut but overall the most important thing is that we got the result and played well collectively.
Unfortunately we missed the penalty against Celtic (taken by Vaughan) but that happens and we’ve got enough players in the squad who can step up and take penalties. This time it was me and I’m just happy that I scored.
Grabban went on to discuss how big the club is, and how rigorous playing in the Championship is going to be:
It’s a new season, new chapter and it’s going to be near enough a new team, I think we’re going to do things a bit differently this season – work hard for each other and the fans, and hopefully the results will follow.
I think they (the fans) were pleased with what they saw in terms of the work ethic, the lads worked hard. Hopefully we can build a nice partnership with the fans and take it on from there.
We’ve got a good group of lads, contrary to the stories. It was vital to start with a positive result to lift everyone at the club, not just the players but the fans and everyone involved. I think we did that and hopefully we can build on it and keep going.
Honestly I think Sunderland is the biggest team in the division and it’s a good opportunity to be part of the club. Hopefully we can rebuild and do something special this season and challenge for promotion.
I definitely think we’re good enough and hopefully across the season we can maintain a high level and achieve something.
You’ve got to go game by game, week by week trying to build on each performance, You can never get too high, never get too low because you will lose games, you will draw. It’s good to maintain a good level and just kick on.