His last minute equaliser against Middlesbrough was nice, I'll give him that. But let's be honest he did bot all else in a Sunderland shirt. That goal, by the way, was his first in about three years since he left the team he is now rejoining - Wigan.
McManaman was probably on a decent wage too, having robbed West Brom of £28k a week during his spell and our tendancy to hoy stupid sums at substanded footballers. He had a bit of flair for turning one way, then the other, doing very little and getting booked for retaliating to his own uselessness when losing the ball.
I wrote on Wednesday that I was pretty happy to hear that Aiden McGeady fancies a crack at League One with Sunderland. That McManaman was mentioned in the same breath probably means that carries less weight, but the Scotsman isn't on the list of players we want to hang on to. If you want to be disappointed by something this summer, don't let it be this. I'm almost annoyed I've written three paragraphs on it.
If that news was little bit meh to you, then perhaps it'll be better to talk about the new face to arrive. Former Dutch International Glen Loovens joins on a two year deal. At 34, it's easy to also be a little meh about that too, but he earned his duo of caps in his country's warm ups before the 2010 World Cup - that one where they reached the final. So it's safe to say he was decent at the time, playing Champions League football with Celtic before a short stint in La Liga.
Whilst that sounds like some decent pedigree for a League One defender, it's perhaps more endearing that he has spent the last five years of his career playing in the Championship for Sheffield Wednesday, where he was club captain for most of it too. He didn't play in either of the games Sunderland failed to
turn up in win against Wednesday last season.
He turns 35 in September and hasn't been blessed with pace at any given point of his career, so let's hope his experience and well documented aerial prowess more than makes up for that. On signing for Sunderland he said;
"I’m very pleased. Sunderland is a big club with great support so I can’t wait to get started."
Aye they all say that Glenn. Cheers though.
Unlike every other Sunderland signed this summer, I've actually heard of this fella. A few years back he wasn't an obscure name by any means, starting in the FA Cup final for Cardiff that Portsmouth ultimately won before capitulating. I probably remember him best from his stint at Celtic, because I watch more Champions League than I did Championship at the time.
Anyway, probably one of the more reassuring signings of the summer so far. Still plenty more to come.