Sunderland Want England Goalkeeper On Loan

Manchester City goalkeeper may again have to go out on loan in search of first team football this season.

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Sunderland have asked Manchester City if they can sign goalkeeper Joe Hart on loan.

“We’ve asked the question of City and we now just have to wait and see what they say,” said Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, “But the timetable is not up to us on when we get an answer, it’s up to them.”

“With these new 25-man squad rules, clubs don’t have to name their confirmed squads until the end of August, so if they wanted to, City could delay any decisions on their squad until then.” (Sunderland Echo)

This is not good news for Scotland fans. Craig Gordon actually played very well for Sunderland last season, and despite everything falling apart around him as Sunderland bizarrely went on a winless streak from November to March, the scorelines could have been worse if it were not for Gordon’s saves.

As for Hart, he will relish another season of first team football if, as expected, he is unable to oust Shay Given at Manchester City, and it will certainly do his England place no harm with Fabio Capello clearly looking to the future of Euro 2012 and beyond.

A crunch period is approaching for Sunderland. Steve Bruce is entering his second season as Black Cats boss, and will be expected to build on the foundations that he has laid. Darren Bent was clearly a success up front with 24 Premier League goals, and was perhaps unlucky to miss out on a World Cup place, but many other aspects of Bruce’s debut campaign were hit and miss.

Sunderland had the worst disciplinary record in the league last season, with a staggering 81 yellow cards and 9 reds. Ten of those yellows were given to Lorik Cana, and that must surely be part of the reason he was sold to Galatasaray. Jordan Henderson’s emergence alongside Lee Cattermole will also be a contributing factor, while new signing Cristian Riveros is expected to feature heavily as well.

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