Joe Nicholson believes Sunderland’s January signing Pierre Ekwah isn’t far-off from being handed his first begin.
The Lowdown: Sunderland’s younger stars are impressing
Sunderland are at the moment having fun with a shocking first season again within the Championship sitting simply one level off the play-offs whereas boasting the youngest squad on common within the division.
It is not simply the truth that they’ve a complete load of inexperienced gamers, but in addition the act that Tony Mowbray has needed to play nearly all of this season with out star striker Ross Stewart who’s picked up two fairly critical accidents.
The membership have had a transparent technique within the switch market of shopping for younger gamers which will really feel they have a degree to show within the type of Patrick Roberts, Jack Clarke, loanee Joe Gelhardt and Ekwah.
The Newest: Ekwah nonetheless trying to make an impression
Having been introduced in from West Ham final month, Ekwah may have hoped for extra alternatives on the Stadium of Gentle however Nicholson has claimed on The Roar podcast that begins may be across the nook for the teenager.
He mentioned: “I do not suppose Ekwah is simply too far-off, he got here on at QPR and did fairly nicely. He is received that type of physicality about him and possibly a little bit of a shock he did not come on [against Rotherham]; we noticed Pritchard drop a bit additional again in midfield when Mowbray made the substitutions.
“I undoubtedly suppose we’ll see him begin a sport or a few video games earlier than the tip of the season.”
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The Verdict: Mowbray should handle his squad rigorously
As showcased on Tuesday evening, Mowbray does certainly need to handle his squad as they’re nonetheless very younger and will simply burnout if not afforded adequate relaxation and whereas that would come to the detriment of the membership – because it did in opposition to Rotherham when Roberts was dropped – it’s going to profit them within the long-term.
Due to this fact, Mowbray permitting Ekwah time to settle into his new environment having moved up from London at a younger age earlier than thrusting him into the intense lights of Wearside is sweet administration.
Ekwah might be hopeful of creating an impression this season at Sunderland and exhibiting each why the membership signed him on a everlasting foundation and the way his ‘all-action‘ nature can solely profit the Black cats of their push for the play-offs.