A whole host of Sunderland first team players have featured for the club’s under-23 side in a 3-2 defeat to Burnley.
Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson has moved to bring in a number of players this summer after suffering a second consecutive failure to gain promotion from League One to the Championship.
Aiden O’Brien, Danny Graham and Bailey Wright all arrived at the Stadium of Light and have been afforded chances in the first team, whilst Morgan Feeney, Remi Matthews and Arbenit Xhemajli all followed.
The latter have added strength in depth to Sunderland’s squad but are yet to be handed a solid chance in the starting eleven.
Featuring for Sunderland’s second string on Monday evening against Burnley, Matthews and Xhemajli were handed starts in what turned out to be 3-2 defeat.
Promising young duo Jack Diamond and Dan Neil, whose chances of gaining first team minutes was assessed by Sunderland Echo’s Phil Smith at the weekend, also completed ninety minutes.
One negative apart from the defeat was a potential injury to former Everton youngster Feeney, who was taken off in the opening stages.
Great to see the likes of Matthews, Xhemajli, Diamond and Neil complete 90 minutes and add further preparation ahead of a potential first team call up if needed, with a big game against Peterborough United coming up this weekend.
Parkinson certainly has options this season within his squad and if everyone can stay fit and ready, Sunderland could be in line for a good season.
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