Sunderland boss Roy Keane is looking towards the Championship for a Kenwyne Jones replacement but is this really the man for the job?
Yep, the Sunderland gaffer is desperate, so desperate that he’s having a sniff around James Beattie, a man whose relationship with sticking the ball in the back of the net was nearly non-existent. The fact that Beattie joined Everton as a record signing and proceeded to disgrace himself so badly that he had to move down a division in order to get first team football should have alarm bells ringing for Keano; but the Irishman needs a replacement for his crippled star striker.
ROY KEANE has earmarked Sheffield United striker James Beattie as a leading candidate to replace injured talisman Kenwyne Jones in the Sunderland forward line.
Despite being told by the Bramall Lane board that he does not have to sell, Blades manager Kevin Blackwell could be tempted into cashing in at the right price.
And Keane, worried that it will be well into next year before Jones returns from a serious knee injury, is ready to turn to Beattie as an experienced replacement. (The Northern Echo)
So would Beattie, the classic flat-track bully who scores bags of goals in the Championship, succed back in the top flight?