Sunderland Echo writer Phil Smith has analysed new Sunderland signing Morgan Feeney’s performance against Carlisle United in what was his first start for the club since joining.
The 21-year-old defender spent time on loan with Tranmere during the 2019/20 season, whilst also making 12 appearances for Everton’s under-23 side in Premier League 2, and has experience at international level for England’s under-17, under-18 and under-19 sides.
Featuring as a starter for the first time since his arrival at the club, the young defender played a part in Sunderland’s 3-1 win over Carlisle which developed thanks to goals from Charlie Wyke (2) and Chris Maguire.
The youngster’s impressions were analysed by Smith, who handed him a rated of 6/10 and wrote: “Looked rusty in the opening stages after not really being tested on Saturday. Grew into his work and looked more and more at ease as the contest developed. 6″
Sunderland made it two pre-season wins out of two with the victory and focus will now turn to a third when they face Harrogate Town on Saturday.
Not much can be taken from Feeney’s first start as a Sunderland player but as Smith said the youngster did grow into the game.
Feeney will need time to adjust at the Stadium of Light, much like the rest of the squad, who have not played competitive football since the curtailment of the League One season.
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