All posts tagged with: Duncan Watmore

Sunderland Season Preview: the re-build

Sunderland’s policy has long been to sign old players in an inflated January market and change manager frequently. They always just about stayed up with that approach, but always with the sense that they were treading water. Last season, those years of short-term thinking caught up with the Black Cats, as supporter Michael Oates –… Read more →

Short-termism catches up with Sunderland

Sunderland have long been the Premier League’s masters of escapology, but this time, survival looks beyond even them. They will go down, probably as the division’s table-proppers, unless they can almost double their current points tally in the remaining 11 games. Such a return looks beyond even them and so the eye cannot help but… Read more →

Sunderland v Stoke: stretched squads

Stoke City’s FA Cup defeat is made all the more frustrating by the fact that they fielded more first team players than visitors Wolves. Mark Hughes has come under criticism lately but there should be no blame attached to him for that defeat – he played a strong side and while the opposing goalkeeper made some… Read more →

Time for Januzaj to stand up

Strange as it might sound, Sunderland’s survival chances could hinge on a change in mind-set from Adnan Januzaj. The Belgian scored twice in his first Manchester United start at the Stadium of Light, back in October 2013. Since that impressive 13/14 campaign, most coaches elsewhere have rejected the Belgian with question marks over his attitude. David Moyes, perhaps surprisingly… Read more →