Sunderland defender Conor McLaughlin has a target for the season and that’s to make up for a disappointing debut campaign at the Stadium of Light. By his own admission, he had an average in his debut campaign as a Sunderland player andthat he could have done better. Northern Ireland international Conor McLaughlin moved to the League One club from Millwall last summer on a free transfer after the end of his contract at The Den. The Northern Irishman had to drop down by one division to continue his club football in England.
Sunderland, the team of third tier English Football League has now finished their journey in the FA Cup. They lost to Mansfield and had to exit from the tournament. This is actually the domestic tournament of the English football association and now they are looking to make some changes in the team to have better results in the future. Just before a week, Phil Parkinson was praising the reserve bench of the team as they have a strong team sitting on the bench. The comprehensive win at Gillingham kept the hope alive for Sunderland as they managed to win without one of their most important players Chris Maguire. According to Parkinson, it is important to have a strong second XI team so that they can adjust to the busy schedule of League 1. This is why Parkinson may have changed 8 players of the first team to play against Mansfield.
After the loss against Mansfield, some of the players of the second team are now doubtful about the place in the team. According to the coach, the players of the second team could not do justice with their names. This is why they should try to have a place in the playing team with more intense will power. Mansfield was looking for their first win in this season but Sunderland had some easy victories during their campaign.
Australia international Bailey Wright is pleased to have signed a permanent contact with Sunderland following an impressive loan spell earlier in the year. The 28-year-old joined the Black Cats on a short-term loan from Bristol City in January and he played five successive league games where they picked up 12 points with four clean sheets.
Will Griggs said that he regrets his decision to move to Sunderland. He said he was enjoying his time at Wigan and loved playing there. He was transferred to Sunderland from Wigan for a high transfer fee. He was taken to the club as a replacement for the player Josh Maja but he has failed to reach up to the expectations even though he was brought to the club for such a high price.
The future of Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin remains under a lot of doubt, as the player has not been offered a new contract by the north-east outfit. Despite being one of the key members of the team over the last two seasons, Jon McLaughlin has not been given a contract and the 32-year-old is being linked with a number of clubs. Blackburn are one of the names who are showing interest in the Scotland international. IfMcLaughlin ends up leaving the Black Cats, Sunderland may have to dip into the market to strengthen this position. This is due to the presence of Lee Burge as the only remaining senior goalkeeper in the squad under this situation.
The Northern Ireland trio are set to remain with their club. The trio were expected to make the squad for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 play offs that was slated for March. Tom Flanagan, Conor McLaughlin and Kyle Lafferty have all been named in the squad for the game, with Northern Ireland potentially just two wins away from qualifying for the summer tournament.
But the national association for Bosnia &Herzegovina have now confirmed that they have asked UEFA to postpone the semi-final tie as coronavirus continues to spread.
Millwall midfielder Shaun Williams has said that he has been impressed with the style of play under current manager Gary Rowett. The former Derby County boss took charge of the south London side at the backend of October and he has since transformed the club’s fortunes with just one league defeat from seven league games.