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 surprising first season again within the Championship sitting simply one point off the play-offs whereas boasting the youngest squad on average within the division.
It is not simply the truth that they’ve an entire load of inexperienced gamers, but additionally the act that Tony Mowbray has needed to play the vast majority of this season with out star striker Ross Stewart who’s picked up two reasonably serious injuries.
The membership have had a transparent technique within the switch market of shopping for younger gamers that will really feel they have some extent to show within the type of Patrick Roberts, Jack Clarke, loanee Joe Gelhardt and Ekwah.
The Newest: Ekwah nonetheless seeking to make an affect
Having been introduced in from West Ham final month, Ekwah could have hoped for extra alternatives on the Stadium of Mild however Nicholson has claimed on The Roar podcast that begins could be across the nook for the teen.
He stated: “I do not suppose Ekwah is just too far-off, he got here on at QPR and did fairly properly. He is bought that type of physicality about him and perhaps 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 positively suppose we’ll see him begin a sport or a few video games earlier than the top of the season.”
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The Verdict: Mowbray should handle his squad fastidiously
As showcased on Tuesday night time, Mowbray does certainly need to handle his squad as they’re nonetheless very younger and will simply burnout if not afforded ample relaxation and whereas that would come to the detriment of the membership – because it did in opposition to Rotherham when Roberts was dropped – it is 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 brilliant lights of Wearside is sweet administration.
Ekwah will probably be hopeful of constructing an affect this season at Sunderland and displaying 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.