Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson may have a selection headache when the League One season begins this afternoon as his side prepare for the test of Bristol Rovers.
After failing to gain promotion last season to the Championship, finishing eighth in England’s third tier, the Black Cats are under pressure to finally end their exile from the top two divisions in 2021.
Seven players have arrived over the summer transfer window thus far with the likes of Danny Graham coming in to add experience and quality to Parkinson’s squad (as per Transfermarkt).
Ahead of today’s clash at the Stadium of Light, Parkinson will have a number of selection headache, beginning at the very back.
Lee Burge currently has the number one shirt at the Stadium of Light but Remi Matthews‘ arrival this summer is going to provide good competition.
In defence, Bailey Wright, Jordan Willis and Tom Flanagan will be expected to sit in the centre-back roles, whilst Denver Hume will be at left-wing-back and Luke O’Nien at right-wing-back.
In an expected three-man midfield, George Dobson and Josh Scowen are likely to play alongside new team captain Max Power, although Grant Leadbitter‘s experience could see him come in at some point during the fixture.
In attack, Parkinson has his biggest headache with both Charlie Wyke and Will Grigg having good pre-season campaigns, whilst Chris Maguire may feel that his form last season will gain him a starting place.
Graham’s arrival will also be a welcome addition for Parkinson, but for Saturday, expect either one of Wyke or Grigg to play alongside Maguire.
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