Sunderland are still monitoring the situation of Stan Asomugha who has now been named as a trialist in the U23 side on two occasions.
The 19-year-old is still on the books of West Brom, a side he’s netted twice in nine games for in Premier League 2 this campaign.
A player with promise, the youngster could now make the move to the Academy of Light in order to further his development.
Asomugha featured against West Ham last week in what was his debut for the Mackems. He then played in the 2-0 defeat against Newcastle too.
However, while two other trialists were dismissed with decisions to be made on their futures, the Albion winger is sticking around and could feature in a further clash on Tuesday evening.
The Sunderland Echo suggest the Black Cats are keen on having an extended look at the player.
Elliot Dickman said: “Tyler [Frost] has played two games now, but Stan’s situation is slightly different and he could be involved on Tuesday night. He’s going to stay up a little bit longer.”
West Brom have seen numerous prospects leave their clubs throughout the years, whether it be Tyler Roberts or Louie Barry who ended up at Aston Villa after a spell with Barcelona.
However, they arguably moved onto more ambitious clubs and a higher division.
Any move to Sunderland’s academy must be looked at with an element of surprise. The U23s sit rock bottom of Premier League 2 Division 2 with a goal difference of -40, and have only won once since February 2019. It’s a woeful record but the Mackems have recently retained their Category One academy status.
Therefore, taking a player on who has regularly played for a successful youth side like West Brom’s – who reached the FA Youth Cup semi-finals in 2018/19 – would be a sign of their intent.
It would be a small one but given the way the academy has gone this term, any ray of positivity is certainly encouraging.
Looking to bring in young individuals to bolster their ranks is a good start but whether Asomugha has the qualities to sufficiently turn them around on his own remains to be seen. It’s likely it’ll take more than just one addition.
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