Wednesday, October 14

Hands off Tomka

Since Sam Allardyce was appointed manager at Sunderland there have been press rumours that he's going to try to sign James Tomkins in January. Tomkins and Andy Carroll share the same agent as Sam, in Mark Curtis. Thankfully David Sullivan has said Tomkins is going nowhere as he has a four-year contract and loves the club, according to today's Daily Mail. 

There's bound to be interest in Tomkins now that we have signed Angelo Ogbonna, who appears to be first choice alongside Reid. But with both Ogbonna and Reid suffering injuries already this season James should get enough games to ensure he stays. Some of our best wins of the season have come with him at right-back and there's also the option of playing a back five. Always good to have a local core to the team too, in Tomkins and Noble. 

Big Sam is welcome to sign free agent Kevin Nolan, but I'd be surprised if this went through, as Nobby Nolan, a decent leader and once a fine goalscorer, just doesn't look up to PL football these days and would hardly cure Sunderland's problem of a lack of pace. Though he could probably still do a job in the Championship.

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