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Sunderland’s interest in Antoine Semenyo the wrong move to make

Phil Parkinson revealed in his post-match press conference on Sunday that Sunderland are monitoring Bristol City forward Antoine Semenyo, as reported by the Sunderland Echo.

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The Black Cats’ need for new additions is quite apparent despite their victory over Doncaster, and Parkinson suggested Semenyo is a player that has been lined up for a while.

At 19-years-old the deal is likely to be a loan move, as he signed a four-year contract with Bristol City last summer and is therefore highly-rated by the club, with Transfermarkt currently valuing him at £450,000.

However, Stewart Donald has previously stated that he is prepared to spend money, and according to The Sun on Sunday [29/12, p.55], Parkinson will be given money to spend on three to four signings.

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Not the player Sunderland need

The last few weeks have proved that reinforcements are essential if Parkinson is going to be a success in the north-east, as without new players to freshen things up it is difficult to envisage Sunderland moving up the table.

While their recent win is a confidence boost and the defence seems to be back on track with three goals conceded in four games, there are still big concerns, primarily up-front and in the middle of the pitch.

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Sunderland’s strikers have just five league goals between them, and though Charlie Wyke has made a good impact on his injury return, it seems that Will Grigg and Marc McNulty just don’t fit Parkinson’s style.

There could be the similar problem if Semenyo joined the club. He would bring much-needed pace and energy to the flanks but he has just five starts for Bristol City and 19 for Newport in his career, so even if he does provide the ability there is concern over whether he could benefit the team on a consistent basis.

After all, he only found the net six times in over 30 games for the Welsh outfit last season.

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Also, his natural position is left-wing, where Lynden Gooch has operated from effectively in recent games, scoring a brilliant goal last time out to help his side to all three points.

Semenyo would provide Parkinson with another option but since a striker and centre-midfielder should be the priority, the Bristol City man may not be the right player to bring in at this time.

If they landed the winger instead, it would highlight a considerable flaw in Parkinson’s management.

Parkinson spoke of the need for a strong squad spirit after the Doncaster win so that will likely be key to determining which players he brings in next month.

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