Journalist Ethan Todd believes Sunderland teen Pierre Ekwah needs to be beginning for the Black Cats.
The Lowdown: Sunderland introduced crashing all the way down to earth
It wasn’t too way back that Sunderland had been using the crest of a wave and sitting contained in the play-off spots. Nevertheless, fast-forward a couple of video games and so they have yielded zero wins from their final 4 matches and now sit six factors off the highest six.
The most recent of their stunning run of outcomes was the hammering at house to Stoke Metropolis and by the hands of former supervisor Alex Neil, with the end result highlighting flaws of their squad.
Sunderland boast the youngest common age of any squad within the Championship and are with out skilled stars corresponding to Ross Stewart and membership captain Corry Evans, however Todd desires to see extra proficient kids deployed to fight their absences.
The Newest: Ekwah to be thrown in on the deep finish
Ekwah was recruited from Premier League facet West Ham in the summertime however has been afforded simply 43 minutes of first-team motion, and Todd argued on The Roar podcast that this needs to be altering.
He mentioned: “It is attending to the purpose the place we have been placing sq. pegs in spherical holes and so they’re not becoming, so I feel personally, I’d have had [Luke] O’Nien in central midfield.
“I do know he isn’t the best technically – definitely not as technical as [Dan] Neil – however simply having that presence and a little bit of [physicality] about him. I feel it could be time to present Ekwah a go as properly.”
The Verdict: Mowbray has an opportunity to experiment
Whereas handing a primary league begin of the season to an inexperienced midfielder corresponding to Ekwah away to Norwich Metropolis would not precisely be a baptism of fireplace with the Carrow Street environment nothing to be intimidated by, the Canaries are a stable outfit and can show to be robust opponents this weekend.
Nevertheless, with Sunderland now trying like outsiders to make the play-offs and having a snug 17-point cushion to the underside three of the Championship, they appear set for a mid-table end.
Subsequently, these ultimate video games of the season will give Tony Mowbray a possibility to have a look at his squad and check out to determine some new ways heading into the forthcoming marketing campaign, together with discovering out one of the best place for ‘sensible‘ ace Ekwah, who we really feel they need to be constructing their midfield round for the long run.