Would you bring back Seb Larsson?

LONDON - DECEMBER 02: Sebastian Larsson of Birmingham celebrates scoring his first and Birmingham's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Birmingham City at White Hart Lane on December 2, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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.

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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!

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  1. Definitely yes. Premiership experience although mainly on the relegation survivors side. We are using plenty of kids in the mid it would be great to see some experience going forward now especially with cotterill and Donaldson out

  2. Mostly definately yes…..I will never forget his wonder goal v Sheffield Weds when were down to 10 men…..sublime and effectively clinched promotion

  3. I’m never impressed with greedy players that leave on a bosman as he did, I think we have better players at the club, he was really good when he first came to us but any time i’ve seen him play for Sunderland he’s definately not the player he was, besides that his wage demands would be 10x what we could afford.

  4. Seb would be a great influence on the younger players in the squad, as well as his known abilities from free kicks.
    More importantly it’s 2 degrees warmer in Brum than Sunderland.


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