Sunderland fans have got the glamour of a Wembley play-off final to look forward to next weekend, but as that game draws closer, the silly season continues to roll on. One rumour that has surfaced thanks to Football Insider claims that Adam Matthews could be set to leave the Stadium of Light for free and join Sheffield Wednesday, although his future isn’t what the fans should be worried about.
That deal might not be one that the Black Cats want to see go ahead, but in all honesty, the Mackems would do much better to let the former Celtic man leave and hold onto a different full-back in Bryan Oviedo. The 50-cap Costa Rican has starred for them this season, particularly against Portsmouth, and holding onto him will be absolutely vital if they’re to make the climb back to the top flight again soon.
Adam Matthews is definitely a talented defender, and at the age of 27 years-old, there is still plenty that he has to offer either Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday or whoever else he may end up plying his trade for at the start of next season. For now, though, both Matthews and Oviedo will be focused on getting past Charlton and into the Championship, and only then can the transfer rumours really start spinning.
If promotion is achieved or not, all that the Mackems will be focusing on is keeping the players they know that can help them make the climb and getting rid of those who will be of no use to them in seasons to come. Oviedo may be two years senior to Matthews, but he is the better option, and they should do anything they can to hold onto him, even if it does mean allowing Matthews to leave.
Bryan Oviedo has been a loyal servant to the club in his days in the Northeast since he left Everton back in January 2017. His Transfermarkt valuation stands at a meagre £1.8 million, but his worth to Jack Ross’ side is a whole lot more than that of just under £2 million, and he can certainly be key to any future promotion pushes in either League One or the Championship.
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