‘Better options there’ – Sunderland eyeing Aston Villa loan deal: the verdict
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Sunderland have emerged as potential suitors for Aston Villa midfielder Morgan Sanson.
That’s according to French reports, who claim the Black Cats are one of several clubs who are keeping a close eye on the midfielder’s situation in view of a possible loan move.
The report says Swansea, along with Strasbourg and Lille are the other interested parties.
That said, below, three of our FLW writers have offered their verdict on Sunderland potentially accepting a deal for the Frenchman.
It looks like a rather tough call to make from Sunderland’s perspective.
On the one hand, his experience and Sanson’s high-flying pedigree could make him a useful addition to what is a rather young Black Cats squad, which could benefit from his insight.
However, it should also be noted that for some reason the 28-year-old hasn’t played much football since joining Aston Villa in January 2021.
This could raise questions over whether he has the fitness and sharpness to compete regularly, especially in a league as demanding as the Championship can be.
With that in mind, you wonder if there could be an argument that there are other options, which could potentially be better suited to Sunderland at this time.
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Sunderland are quite strong in the central areas of midfield and for that reason, it would be a bit of a surprise to see them sign Morgan Sanson in January.
The 28-year-old has struggled for regular playing time since joining Aston Villa, but the Championship seems a rather odd choice of loan destination for the midfielder, who has three years left on his contract at Villa Park.
The Black Cats could well be looking to bolster their squad with at least a few players on loan in January and Sanson would be a top player to bring with his experience in European football.
Although he doesn’t fit the demographics of the team and could face similar difficulties settling in as he did at Villa.
There may be better options for Sunderland to consider.
Given the links and the fact that Sunderland and Swansea have been mentioned, there must be something to a potential Championship loan move for Sanson.
However, I find this a bit odd considering his past experiences.
Yes, he’s struggled for playing time since joining Villa, and has yet to feature this season, but we’re talking about a player with over 200 appearances in French football’s top flight, and counting. 150 for Marseille, a top club. in France.
The Championship looks too much like a step back considering the likely salary it commands.
Not only that, but Aston Villa would probably be better off looking for a permanent sale if he has no future at Villa Park, with three years remaining on the 28-year-old’s contract.