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Sunderland: Phil Parkinson waxes lyrical over Danny Graham as he scores on Black Cats return

Sunderland: Phil Parkinson waxes lyrical over Danny Graham as he scores on Black Cats return - Sunderland News

Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has discussed Danny Graham’s impact during the 8-1 win over Aston Villa’s under-21 side, in which he found the back of the net.

With Black Cats boss Parkinson keen to bolster his attacking options this summer, a move for Graham was completed earlier this week.

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Leaving Championship side Blackburn Rovers due to his contract expiration, Graham returns to the League One side on a free transfer.

The experienced striker, who is valued at £428,000 by Transfermarkt, has 170 career goals to his name but only netted one goal in 42 appearances for Sunderland between 2013 and 2016.

He has however hit the ground running in his second spell, with his performance against the Villans earning praise from his manager.

Speaking on Graham’s impact against Villa’s young side, Parkinson is quoted as saying by Sunderland Echo: “He’s a front-foot player who wants to score and as you saw tonight, his link-up play is great.

“Some of his build-up play was terrific tonight as well. He’ll go be a good role model for our younger players, a good trainer and professional.”

The EFL Trophy win over Villa saw Charlie Wyke (2), Josh Scowen, Max Power, Morgan Feeney, George Dobson, Aiden O’Brien and Graham himself all score.

Sunderland will now switch their focus to facing Bristol Rovers in the opening League One fixture this coming Saturday (12/09).

A good start from Graham on his return to competitive action but Tuesday evening’s opponents were hardly comparable to this weekend’s League One game against Bristol Rovers.

The experienced striker will no doubt want to impress on his return and prove his doubters wrong so it will be interesting to see what his performance is like at the weekend.

Do you think Graham can become a consistent goalscorer for Sunderland this term? Let us know in the comments section below…


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