The Premier League Previews 2010/11, Part 15: Sunderland – An Unknown Quantity


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. chineenio says:

    Hi great post! Think this is about the first really well balanced season preview I have seen! No quibbles really, I think you are spot on about the team for the most part, but not quite with you on a couple of things. Firstly, I think that the striking issue is not as bad as some people seem to think it is. By all accounts Frazier Campbell has been in astonishing form in pre season, and whilst pre season is just that, seven goals from not quite as many games including four in one half against a decent enough Hull City team bodes pretty well. Word is that he has bulked up with lots of work in the gym. With the impending arrival of Wellbeck and the young Ryan Noble (Season after much more likely for him to come through) I think we have an exciting, young attacking line up. Kenwyne Jones has flattered to deceive for a number of years now, and I would bite Stoke’s hands off for £ 9 million for him! Six goals last season? Seven the year before? We might as well get Heskey in for that sort of turnaround!!

    But yeah great post

  2. Charlie says:

    Bent is injured so they are lucky they have Campbell

  3. Good article. Clear, concise and unbiased, and what’s more, very true!

    I think Bruce’s patience has ran out with Kenwynne. He has the ability to be more consistent but rarely seems to care enough to turn it on. Perhaps Pulis can motivate the lad?

    I think Fraizer Campbell will establish himself as Bent’s partner up front to begin with, but the keeper’s position is critical and I would be surprised if the lad Mignolet started on Saturday against Brum.

  4. mickthemackem says:

    Words mate, only your opinion and a lot of words.

  5. Ridon1973 says:

    the word is “Division”

  6. Michael says:

    Everybody is banging on about Bent and that we would be doomed if he got injured! You could say that about about every side in the perm! Any side who loses their main goal machine would only have a shadow of the season they would have with him. People in the media keep making noises about Andy Carol at Newcastle. Don’t get me wrong, I think he is a very exciting prospect and it should be good watching him develop in the premiership however, Sunderland have a player in Waggy that scored more league goals in less games in the same devission yesterday and he is currently 4th choice in our Sunderland side. Take bent out of the side, I personally believe that the other 3 stickers; Jones (if he’s still about), Campbell and Waggy can achieve an average of 10 goals each. I really can’t see it being a problem. I would be more concerned if we lost Turner or Cattomol long term.

  7. Michael says:

    That should be same devision “last season” and not “yesterday”.

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