We can build side around young Cats


The Chronicle - - Safc - By JAMES HUNTER SAFC Writer james.hunter@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JHun­terChron

CAL­LUM McManaman is the kind of player Chris Coleman wants to re­build around this sum­mer.

Sun­der­land are in for a busy sum­mer with seven loan play­ers re­turn­ing to their par­ent clubs, a hand­ful of play­ers out of con­tract, and a num­ber of oth­ers likely to move on, leav­ing Coleman need­ing to con­duct a ma­jor over­haul of his squad.

He has al­ready said he wants mid­fielder Paddy Mc­Nair to be a key fig­ure for the Black Cats, and McManaman is an­other he feels will play an im­por­tant role next sea­son.

Sum­mer sign­ing McManaman has started only a dozen league games this term, and made an­other 10 ap­pear­ances as a sub, and his per­for­mances have been in­con­sis­tent.

But his dis­play in the week­end 2-2 draw at Read­ing showed what he is ca­pa­ble of and if, as now seems cer­tain, Sun­der­land are rel­e­gated to League One, his tech­nique would stand out a mile at that level.

“Cal­lum is a re­ally good lad, he hasn’t al­ways started but nev­er­the­less his at­ti­tude in train­ing is first-class, he al­ways wants the team to do well,” said Coleman. “He has a gen­uine love for the game, he wants to play foot­ball, I was pleased for him. “It is hard to play in that po­si­tion when you haven’t had so many games, a lot of run­ning, he af­fected the game for us. “For what we want to build, it is men­tal­i­ties like his, more and more of that.” Un­less the club changes hands this sum­mer, the signs are that Coleman will be work­ing on a shoe­string bud­get this sum­mer. And, along with the likes of Mc­Nair and McManaman, that means home­grown play­ers who have come to the fore this sea­son are likely to be given even more ga­me­time next term.

Ge­orge Honey­man, Joel Asoro, Josh Maja, and Lyn­den Gooch – whose ab­sence through in­jury saw McManaman start at the Made­jski Sta­dium – are among those who the club will rely on next sea­son.

Coleman said: “There is a good nu­cleus of good young play­ers we can build around too. Of course you need some ex­pe­ri­ence too.

“It was a shame for Lyn­den Gooch to miss out [at Read­ing] but his in­jury against Nor­wich kept him out.

“He has been out­stand­ing – there are some good young play­ers here.”

Gooch is due to re­turn to train­ing this week, and at this stage is ex­pected to be in con­tention for the week­end game against Bur­ton Al­bion at the Sta­dium of Light.

Chris Coleman wants to build his side around the likes of Cal­lum McManaman (main pic­ture)

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