Who Deserves to Start at Wembley?

The Premier League has felt like a sideshow, and in recent weeks an inconvenient one, since Vito Mannone’s save sent SAFC into the Capital One Cup final. The players have had four League games with a FA Cup tie sandwiched in between to stake their claim for a spot in Gus Poyet's starting eleven – so who deserves it? I’m sure most of you won’t agree with me but this is the team I’d like to see walk out at Wembley. [More]

SAFC Loan Eleven - the Strikers

Ever wondered what a team made up entirely of Sunderland’s best loan signings would look like? In the final instalment, we’ll look at which strikers have impressed at SAFC after being temporarily brought to Wearside. [More]

SAFC Loan Eleven - the Midfield

Following Sunderland’s loan successes this season, we’re looking at the best loanees to arrive on Wearside. In part two of this feature, we’ll look at which three midfielders will be joining SAFC’s best loan eleven, alongside the defence of Shay Given, Alan Hutton, Jonny Evans, John Mensah and Danny Rose. [More]

SAFC Loan Eleven - the Defence

Sunderland have had undeniable success in the loan market this year, with Ki Sung-Yueng, Fabio Borini and Marcos Alonso all establishing themselves on Wearside. But what is SAFC’s best loan team? In the first of three parts, we’ll look at some of our best defensive loan signings. [More]

Is JOS the Right Man to Lead us at Wembley?

I am partial to a piece of humble pie. I wrote back in the beginning of October that John O’Shea should be stripped of the captain’s armband, advocating that his influence on the pitch wasn’t enough to warrant the accolade and lambasting his naïve and hesitant defending. Ask most Sunderland fans regarding the most talented defender in red and white and they will invariably point to Wes Brown (and quite right they should do so) – but it’s about time O’Shea gets a huge pat on the back. It’s took a while, but I’ve prised my own foot out of my mouth to do just that. [More]

Gus Has a Busy Summer Ahead of Him...

Regardless of whether Sunderland are still a Premiership side in May, Gus Poyet is guaranteed a busy summer. An incredible fourteen players are out of contract at the end of the season, five of whom are currently on loan deals at the Stadium of Light. Crucially however, six of the fourteen are first team regulars. So which players should be rewarded with a new contract, and who need to be looking for a new club? [More]