Today’s Premier League action kicks off at 1.30pm in the form of the Tees-Wear derby.
Indeed, Sunderland play hosts to local rivals Middlesbrough in today’s early kick off at the Stadium of Light and it appears David Moyes is hoping three of his summer signings can help the Black Cats claim some bragging rights – not to mention three points.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 21, 2016
Prodigious winger Adnan Januzaj, who famously bagged two against Sunderland on his full Premier League debut in 2013 – handed to him by none other than David Moyes – featured as a substitute against Manchester City last weekend but now makes his first start for the Wearsiders.
It’s a similar situation for Paddy McNair, also arriving from Manchester United, after coming off the bench and unfortunately scoring an own goal at the Etihad on the opening day of the season.
Likewise, famed Chelsea flop Papy Djilbodji has also been given the nod at the heart of defence, with Lamine Kone a notable absentee after reportedly rejecting a contract offer from the Black Cats, to make his first ever Sunderland appearance.
With tensions high and much expected from today’s game, Twitter’s had plenty to say on Moyes’ latest call-ups. Here are some of the best responses from social media:
Januzaj has to step up today. We really lack creativity in that side #safc
— Liam (@Safc1879_) August 21, 2016
I'm a Toon fan but good to see Moyes giving so many youngsters a chance for #SAFC. Love, McNair, Gooch, Januzaj and Whatmore.
— Russell Hughes (@Rusty_Hughes) August 21, 2016
COME ON JANUZAJ LEGEND IN THE MAKING
— Labile (@oxy_akshay) August 21, 2016
Januzaj and McNair masterclass incoming. 2 of the best youngsters in the PL
— LM. (CPFC) (@DeGeaed) August 21, 2016
Djilobodji starts for Sunderland. Time for him to prove to Conte he didn't have to spend £60m on a new CB.
— David Marriott (@DavidTMarriott) August 21, 2016
Chelsea Legend Djilobodji starts for Sunderland
— Foreverblue (@ForeverBlue_07) August 21, 2016
Januzaj is my big hope for today, really exciting player, just hope he can deliver on all the promise
— Jan/Yann (@jan_yann) August 21, 2016
Januzaj madness incoming
— Ronnie (@LorenzoAH23) August 21, 2016