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Sunderland handed Dennis Cirkin enhance

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A promising harm replace has emerged relating to Sunderland full-back Dennis Cirkin forward of a return to Championship motion this week.

What’s the discuss?

Black Cats supervisor Tony Mowbray has revealed that the centre-back has returned to coaching in the course of the worldwide break, after lacking the final two matches with a hamstring concern.

The 59-year-old informed the membership’s official web site: “Ellis [Simms] is progressing and can hopefully be a bit nearer – we’ll have to attend and see.

“Dennis Cirkin is again out on the grass which is nice for us, and he is aware of the competitors too with Aji Alese’s performances. We have now choices going ahead with our broad attackers and our quantity 10s, so we’ll you’ll want to adapt.”

Mowbray must be delighted

The Sunderland head coach must be delighted with Cirkin’s return, as it’s a massive enhance to the squad forward of their conflict towards Preston on the weekend.

Previous to his harm, the defender was an important participant within the group as he began all eight of their matches within the Championship on the left aspect of a again three, with each Alex Neil and Mowbray choosing him within the beginning XI.

Is that this an enormous enhance for Sunderland?




He has averaged 3.1 tackles and interceptions per recreation – bettered solely by Luke O’Nien and Corry Evans – and received 56% of his particular person duels, which reveals that he has been sturdy defensively and has not been a weak hyperlink on the again.

Journalist Josh Bunting hailed Cirkin’s significance to the Black Cats, not too long ago tweeting: “He’s been one of many standout performers this season if not the standout performer to be honest. Can’t afford to lose him.”

This comes after the 20-year-old was pivotal to the membership’s promotion from League One final time period. He performed 37 occasions within the third tier, beginning 34 video games as he established himself as an everyday within the group after his transfer from Premier League outfit Tottenham.

Cirkin’s versatility additionally makes him a helpful participant for Mowbray to have the ability to name upon, as he’s succesful of taking part in at centre-back and left-back. That signifies that he can be utilized out broad in a again 4 or three and within the coronary heart of the defence as a part of a 3, alongside the likes of Danny Batth and O’Nien.

Subsequently, his return signifies that the supervisor has a flexible, essential member of the squad again obtainable, and that’s the reason Mowbray must be delighted with the full-back’s restoration from harm.

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