Sunderland have had a pretty torrid time the last couple of years. Constant battles with relegation, disgruntled fans and a managerial merry-go-round that could trump that of the Magic Roundabout.
But what does that mean for the players? They’ve played under the likes of Eric Black, Martin O’Neill, Paolo Di Canio, Kevin Ball, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and now Big Sam- and that’s just in the past two years. I can imagine that it’s difficult for some of the longer-serving players to continually be under new management.
And one of those players? Seb Larsson, who today has been linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light.
The Telegraph report that the Swedish international is facing the axe this January as Sam Allardyce attempts to overhaul his squad to help them in their fight for Premier League survival.
Larsson has lost his place in the side under Big Sam, and would probably grant a respectable fee should any suitors come their way. But Sunderland could instead send the former Bluenose out on-loan and review the situation in the summer. Enter Blues’ interest.
No way would Blues be able to by the set-piece specialist outright- we know that. But Sunderland might be keen to send Larsson out on loan for a few months, to see if he can recapture some good form. I’ve little doubt that there would be some interest from Premier League clubs, so the Black Cats may be more willing to send him to the Championship, so he doesn’t dent their own Premier League relegation hopes.
Wherever he goes, he will be a help. He’s a versatile, hard-working midfielder who has undoubted talent from set-piece situations. I can imagine it now- Seb Larsson over the free-kicks with big Clayton Donaldson ready to pounce…..
I know it’s a long shot but it’s one that could work for both clubs. I find it difficult to imagine that Seb Larsson’s complete future at the club is dead. He’s featured nearly 150 times for the Black Cats and has done some good work whilst up North.
Here’s to hoping- Come home Seb!