Sunderland youngster Bali Mumba has joined South Shields on loan until the end of the season, and the move has sparked an interesting reaction from fans.
There are a variety of views being shared in response to the development, with a contrast of some supporters believing it is a negative for the player and his development, while others think he should have left to gain some experience earlier this season.
It could be seen as a backwards step for the 18-year-old, too, as last season he was given an opportunity by Jack Ross in the first-team, making four appearances in League One.
His performances clearly impressed some supporters, as they have suggested that he should still be in the first-team picture rather than being loaned to a club playing in step seven of the football pyramid.
Yet another young talent not given the chance he deserves in this league
— Jack Dunn (@ItJackDunn) March 5, 2020
He should be playing in the first team st this level. If this was 4 years ago I guarantee he’d be on loan to a team in this league
— TWANGMACKEM8258™️ 🏴🇧🇦 (@twangmackem) March 5, 2020
Fans have expressed their outrage in other ways too, and have aimed more general criticism at the club for this decision, which may be a strange view to take given the benefits it offers the player.
Mumba has been playing in a struggling under 23s side this year, a team that sits bottom of Premier League Two Division Two, and the chance to play football at a senior level, despite the low quality, will be good for his experience.
What on earth
— Robert (@Safcuniverse) March 5, 2020
— Ross Robson 🇪🇺 (@rossrobson) March 5, 2020
Ridiculous…talented wee man… in a team which generally is not talented… poor governance again! Again…ridiculous!
— Alex Campbell (@Alexbcampbell2) March 5, 2020
Never a good sign to be loaned to South Shields. See all the players you don’t remember because they never made it at SAFC
— Martyn Armstrong (@MKA97FTM) March 5, 2020
That feeling is shared by some supporters who believe that a temporary move away is the right course of action to take, and in fact should have been organised at an earlier date.
He should have been out on loan ages ago. Shocking. https://t.co/snmIOdAZYr
— Allan Davis (@davis0688) March 5, 2020
He probably should have gone out on loan at the beginning of the season, better late than never.
— Carl (@Carlzinho) March 5, 2020
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