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Roker Roundup: Wigan after left-sided defender - Sunderland facing competition for Curtis Tilt?

Wigan manager John Sheridan has confirmed that, like Sunderland, they’re after a left-sided central defender. Could we be facing competition to sign Curtis Tilt?

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Sheridan hints at Tilt interest

Sunderland have been linked with a move for Rotherham United central defender Curtis Tilt this week.

The ex-Blackpool man is expected to move on before Friday’s deadline and with Arbenit Xhemajli and Morgan Feeney picking up injuries, another centre-half is high up on Phil Parkinson’s shopping list.

Wigan Athletic have also been linked with the 29-year-old and their manager John Sheridan has admitted to Wigan Today that he needs to a player to fill the left hand side of central defence, the left-footed Tilt’s natural position:

We still need to fill that area, on the left hand side of central defence. I look at the squad and that is a position I feel we need another body.

It’s something we’re aware of and something we have to work around.

Although Sheridan wants to strengthen his squad, he does say that the club being in administration has made his job more difficult:

It means we can’t do what we’d like to in an ideal world.

We had a couple of places to fill in the squad, and obviously Will [Keane] took one of those last week.

Once things have settled down, there’ll hopefully be more of an opportunity to bring in some more.

We haven’t got a big squad here, and we are trying to add one or two to make us a bit stronger.

It’s important we have players fighting for their places. We don’t want players being comfortable that they’ll be playing week in, week out.

Possibly we might need another attack-minded player as well, but that’s further down the line.

Sunderland v Blackpool - EFL Sky Bet League 1 Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Reward for Greenwood

Sunderland academy product Sam Greenwood was named Premier League 2 Player of the Month for September yesterday.

The Leeds United under-23 forward has already scored four goals in his first three Premier League 2 appearances for the club he joined from Arsenal in the summer.

Three of those goals were thanks to a hat-trick he scored in his new club’s 3-1 win at the Academy of Light against Sunderland, with Greenwood telling that it was good to score against his old club:

I’m delighted with the award, I think I’ve done well at the start of my Leeds journey and hopefully I can carry it on.

It was good to get the hat-trick against my old club, the lads did really well, it was a great team performance and we need to keep pushing as a team, that is the most important thing.

I’m loving my time here, I’ve settled in straight away, everyone here is so nice, it’s a family club and I’ve been made to feel so welcome since day one.

Arsenal U23 Training Session Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

McLaughlin looking forward to playing in front of more fans

Sunderland right-back Conor McLaughlin made his first international start in almost two years on Sunday, as Northern Ireland lost 1-0 against Austria at Windsor Park.

The fixture was played out in front of 600 fans and McLaughlin told BBC Sportsound that it was brilliant to play in front of fans once again and is keen for that number to only increase over the coming months:

It was brilliant to play in front of fans again - football is nothing without the fans.

It gives you a lift, especially during the game, and the 600 in Windsor sounded like double that figure. Hopefully the numbers increase over the next few months.

Despite being happy to be starting against David Alaba’s Austria, McLaughlin is hoping the team put in a better performance tomorrow against Norway in Oslo:

I was happy to be playing against Austria but disappointed we didn’t show what we’re capable of and hopefully we can put that right in Norway.

Northern Ireland v Austria - UEFA Nations League Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

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