Alan Nixon has suggested that Phil Parkinson could be reunited with Bolton Wanderers right-back Harry Brockbank at Sunderland.
So far, Kyle Lafferty joining on a free transfer is the only January signing that Sunderland have made, but the indication is that there could be another player brought in alongside him.
That is Brockbank from fellow League One side Bolton, while he also mentions the names of Bristol City captain Bailey Wright and Burton Albion striker Liam Boyce.
With the Black Cats currently clinging onto a place in the play-offs by goal difference, it is likely that they will be doing all they can to push on, in the hope of getting back into the Championship.
Sunderland. Bolton babe Brockbank come on to Parkinson’s radar. Made him skipper and gave him a deal. Now may try to take him. Also still live with Bailey Wright and lad Boyce.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 19, 2020
Reverting to the use of players they know and trust can be a tactic used by managers in situations such as this, and it seems that is what Parkinson is doing.
Nixon suggests that the the 52-year-old was fond of Brockbank when he was Bolton manager, playing a part in the now-21-year-old getting a new deal with the club.
The Sunderland manager gave Brockbank his debut and he would eventually go on to play 10 times under him.
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The youngster has only played eight minutes of league football at Bolton since Parkinson’s departure, which came in the form of a late cameo appearance in a 5-1 loss against Lincoln City.
However, Parkinson seems to have kept faith in him, hoping to bring the defender to Sunderland.