Indeed, it’s been reported fairly extensively, but it seems a peculiar one.
Although he is a steady goalkeeper, has been fairly consistent for Wigan – nine-goal nightmares aside – and is ‘only’ 29 (we all know keepers age in Galapagos tortoise years), he is also injury prone, thought to valued around £5 million and Sunderland already have Craig Gordon on the books.
Given this, you wonder why Bruce would be looking to the former Liverpool man.
Apparently he is unsure about Gordon. But, whilst he certainly didn’t settle straight-away, he seemed to progress sufficiently last season and deservedly establish himself as Sunderland’s first choice ‘keeper. So, could Bruce simply be lining up a replacement in preparation for an imminent departure?
David Bowie (yup, Bowie and Kirkland, the obvious mix) once sang: ‘I never did good things, I never did bad things, I never did anything out of the blue’. Apparently he wrote this song for his friend Christopher, I saw it on a documentary… honest.
Certainly, it’s probably not a bad description of Kirkland… though probably a little unfair, and probably not a bad description for what you want in a goalkeeper anyhow, but Kirkland is probably not a worthwhile signing for Sunderland, especially when he would probably cost £5million and probably get injured again, and particularly when Gordon is probably just as good, probably won’t happen anyway…probably.
Worthwhile signing? Gordon or Kirkland?
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