Darron Gibson Signs for Sunderland – Should We Be Worried?

Darron Gibson’s move from Everton to Sunderland was completed today, with the midfielder following Bryan Oviedo in making the switch from Goodison.

Gibson’s arrival has come five and a half years after he was expected to join the club, with Steve Bruce trying to bring him in alongside John O’Shea and Wes Brown.

He turned down the move before joining Everton six months later.

His time on Merseyside has been hampered by injuries, making just 69 appearances in five years.

That includes just once for the senior side this season in the League Cup against Yeovil.

He’s played just three times in the League since the start of 2016, and that brings the biggest cause for concern right now.

His injury record is up there with the worst of them, and he hasn’t made it to double figures in the league since his first full season at Everton in 2012-13, his last under Moyes.

A lot of his absence this season has been down to Ronald Koeman’s preference, but his lack of match fitness will be just as much a worry.

Yet the signing of Gibson isn’t too dissimilar to that of Jan Kirchhoff a year ago. 

Granted, the German was lauded as a centre-back upon his Wearside arrival, but his track record was been plagued by injuries.

It is a trend which has resumed this season, but the 18-month-deal was a sensible one at the time.

In fact, when mangers gone by had given extravagant contracts to such injury-troubled players, it was a breath of fresh air. 

Wes Brown got a four-year contract when he signed!

For all the risk involved, it is a sensible deal for Sunderland at a time when bodies are so desperately needed.

Jason Denayer, Donald Love, John O’Shea, George Honeyman, Lee Cattermole, Seb Larsson, Jack Rodwell, Didier Ndong, Jeremain Lens, Paddy McNair, Steven Pienaar, Adnan Januzaj, Lynden Gooch and Kirchhoff have all been used in the middle of the park so far this season and injuries have still left Moyes down to his bare bones.

He admitted last week that any arrival would be here to merely make up the numbers, and in Gibson Sunderland have somebody to do just that. 

Premiership experience, the former Everton and Manchester United man should be able to keep things ticking over until the plethora of wounded players start filtering back. 

It is also a familiar face for Moyes, and signing players who want to play for the Scot isn’t the worst policy either.

Gibson and Oviedo join Pienaar, Rodwell, Januzaj, McNair, Love, Joleon Lescott and Victor Anichebe as Moyes’ old boys.

For all the mocking of being an Everton-rejects club, Moyes’ ensemble, while past their best and merely squad players, have all bought into his philosophy once again.

At a time when Patrick van Aanholt has forced his way out of the club, players who want to be here can’t exactly do much worse than the heartless performances we’ve witnessed lately.

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