Sunderland need to rethink underwhelming midfield target

Sunderland are reportedly keen on a move for Walsall captain George Dobson.

What’s the story?

The Sunderland Echo claim the Black Cats want to sign Dobson this summer.

The report says Dylan McGeouch could leave the Stadium of Light, and with Lee Cattermole retiring that leaves a void to be filled by the Walsall skipper.

Roker Report have also added to the reports, reaffirming that the interest is genuine.

And the move may be further along than it appears too, as a post on the Up The Saddlers forum said: “Understand George is off to Sunderland.”

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Bad reviews

Dobson has racked up some pretty impressive achievements at the age of 21, already captaining the Saddlers and appearing nearly 100 times for the first team.

A versatile midfielder who is best in a holding role, the former Arsenal academy starlet can also play centre-back, so perhaps Jack Ross is hoping he can add depth to multiple positions with one quick swoop.

However, you only need to look at the reaction from Walsall fans to see that this is far from the type of signing that is going to make Sunderland legitimate title contenders in League One.

One fan on the Up The Saddlers forum said it will take him all of three seconds to get over the midfielder’s departure, while another simply waved “cheerio”, one criticised the player’s “poor season” and another claimed he “barely contributed” to the team.

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With all due respect, if Dobson couldn’t impress in a relegated side that managed just 47 points in 46 games, it seems unlikely that he will be the extra push needed to complete the Black Cats’ quest for promotion.

Ross and the club may well be looking to the future with the move as he is only 21, but he is simply not good enough to make a big impact right away, and should not be the club’s priority right now.

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