Wellens confirms Jebbison interest
Sheffield United striker Daniel Jebbison was at the Stadium of Light last week to take in the friendly win over Hull City but the 18-year-old is still to depart Bramall Lane on loan.
Although Sunderland have been considered favourites for the player’s signature, Doncaster Rovers and Burton Albion are also said to be interested in the player, with Doncaster boss Richie Wellens confirming his club’s interest to the Doncaster Free Press:
We like him. He’s a very good player and we’d love to have him.
Because of his impact, the way he plays, he has a lot of suitors and we’ll leave it to Daniel to choose what is right for the next step in his career.
The report goes on to say that Sheffield United are now considering holding onto the youngster for the time being before reassessing a potential loan later in the window.
Carney on Irish loan
One of our summer signings, Jacob Carney, has been speaking about how a loan move to Irish side Portadown has prepared him for Sunderland.
Speaking to News Letter, Carney gave his thanks to the NIFL Premiership outfit for the platform he gave him to advance his career after leaving Manchester United and has left him excited about what the future holds at the Stadium of Light:
None of this now would be happening without Portadown and the Irish League, thanks to everything from my time at Portadown I’m now ready to continue with so much increased confidence towards grabbing whatever future opportunities I can get at Sunderland.
The platform I got off Portadown and the Irish League left me with some really tough decisions based on the level of interest from other clubs but I’m so excited about what the future holds at Sunderland coming off the back of such a key season.
Obviously it’s always up to me to do well but I’m 100 per cent aware of the benefits from playing in the Irish League and so thankful to the manager Matthew Tipton and Portadown as a club for taking the chance on a 19 year old.
I left Portadown a very different person, even just the changes from living away from home...never mind getting smashed by some of the players in the Irish League!
As a player coming in from England on loan I made a conscious choice from the start to try and immerse myself in the whole experience.
Living under lockdown restrictions left me limited in what I could do in terms of going out and about but it suited as I was there to do a job and improve my career prospects.
As well as working on my fitness I also used some of the time at home to study up and watch footage of opponents.
There’s plenty of information out there now that can help give you maybe an edge or so on how a team sets up for set-pieces or what players will do.
When coming in as an outside loan player I would always just try to put everything into whichever club I’m representing.
If you join somewhere on loan with the viewpoint of thinking about only what you can get out of it all then things will never work out.
As a goalkeeper, in particular, if I play well it’s better for the team and everyone benefits.
It’s not about one player, it only works if everyone is in it together and that was a real part of everything in my time with Portadown.
Ex-Black Cats in the news
Former Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong may be on the move once again, with L’Equipe claiming Dijon want the Gabonese midfielder to leave the club before the transfer window closes.
The 27-year-old has been told to train away from the first team until a transfer is arranged after being fined for turning up many days late for training, and the French publication say Turkish sides Yeni Malatyaspor and Gaziantep FK are interested in a player who Dijon will sell for around €3m.
A move to Gaziantep may provide an interesting story as that would see him reunited fellow unprofessional Papy Djilobodji.
Ex-Sunderland man Edwin Zoetebier was recently appointed goalkeeping coach of Eredivisie side Vitesse, but unfortunately, the Dutchman will be out of action for a significant period of time after tearing his achilles tendon during training.