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Good piece from Don Hutchison

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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-08-28, 6:26 pm

Sunderland's Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri dilemmas not as clear-cut as those higher up chain
Deciding what to do with those who want out of Sunderland will be trickier for Simon Grayson than his Premier League equivalents, says Don Hutchison
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BYDON HUTCHISON


  • 18:00, 28 AUG 2017


Quite a few managers will have difficult decisions to make in the last few days of the transfer window.
Plenty of clubs have players who have made it clear they want to move elsewhere but at the time of going to press the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk and Alexis Sanchez have not got their way.


If they don’t get the offers they are looking for, those clubs will have to decide whether to keep an unhappy player or cut their losses and accept a bit less to get them out of the door. At the moment it looks like Liverpool, Southampton and Arsenal are all planning to stand firm.
It isn’t just at the top of the tree where it’s a dilemma, and Simon Grayson will have similar calls to make over the likes of Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri at Sunderland. But the situation at the Stadium of Light is not quite the same.


The Black Cats do not have the riches of the Premier League to fall back on, and getting quality players in will be difficult without moving big earners on.
Plus, while Coutinho, van Dijk, Sanchez and co are players in demand, Sunderland’s are not. Kone has a bit of ability but Khazri is bang average. He is deadwood and clearing that out is easier said than done.
Who at home or abroad is going to want to take him on the contract he’s on?


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Wahbi Khazri (L) and Lamine Kone (Image: Sunderland AFC)
But Grayson has to look at what’s good for his dressing room.
Everton and West Ham United were both keen on Kone last year, but Sunderland refused to sell. The reason he and Khazri are still there a couple of months after the transfer window opened is because people are questioning their mentality.
I watched the opening game against Derby County on TV and, a little bit like Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, it was clear to see Kone was playing to impress and earn a move, which is what you want from a player in that situation. But maybe that early-season enthusiasm has worn off because I’m told he and Khazri were two of the chief targets of the away fans who were signing “You’re not fit to wear the shirt!” during the 3-0 defeat at Barnsley.

Grayson is in a hard position but I don’t think he should agree to a loan, as he did with Fabio Borini and Jeremain Lens. That causes problems if they start playing well for someone else while the team is struggling.
If they do not go in the summer Grayson might have to do a bit of magic with what little cash he has and start preparing to get them out in January by making them train with the kids but by sticking these lads in the ressies all of a sudden you devalue them.
I don’t envy Grayson.

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Re: Good piece from Don Hutchison

Post  oldblackcat on 2017-08-28, 6:41 pm

Unless they play well no-one will want them...if they play to their ability we lose good players...rock and a hard place comes to mind Mad
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