Posts Tagged ‘Sunderland’
Today it has emerged that Wes Brown and John O’Shea are both finalising moves to Sunderland. We’ve known about the possibility for a good while now but, terms seemingly agreed, the reality of losing these two loyal servants is sinking in.
Wes and John will never be remembered for being top-class star players, but each have, much like Gary Neville before them, given their whole careers to the club and been happy to play a role in a squad rather than demand the guaranteed first-team footbal which their talents only debatably deserved.
It seems more and more likely that Darron Gibson will move to Sunderland in the next few days in a deal reputed to be worth about £5m. Sunderland are getting closer and closer to being able to field an all-United XI, having also offered to take Wes Brown and John O’Shea off our hands, although the Gibson deal is the only one on the cusp of completion.
Great news for Danny Welbeck today, as he is added to Fabio Capello’s England squad as a replacement for the injured Aaron Lennon. Although the squad is heavily weakened by the return of Chelsea and Manchester United players to their respective squads, it still represents a fabulous reward for the youngster. He has been on great form for Sunderland this season, and now fulfills Sir Alex Ferguson’s prophecy that Welbeck would soon make the England squad.
It ends the speculation surrounding Welbeck’s international alleigance, with Ghana sniffing around the youngster. Instead, he may well make his debut against the Black Stars and Sunderland team mate Adamoah Gyan. This is good news for United as it means Welbeck’s career will never be hampered by badly-timed continental tournaments in the way that Park Ji-Sung’s and numerous Arsenal player’s careers have been.
It also increases his transfer value, should we decide to use him as a makeweight in a deal for Jordan Henderson, although I personally don’t see any sense in that move whatsoever.