Sunderland’s summer transfer window was an unfortunate affair.
The Mackems voted against the new EFL salary cap but their protests fell on deaf ears and failed to achieve anything. The new rules were brought in and thus, a number of loan deals fell through.
This was troublesome when you consider that one of their most impressive captures was ruled out for four months without even making a solitary appearance in League One.
The man in question is someone earning a mere £750-per-week; Morgan Feeney. The 21-year-old still hasn’t made his Black Cats bow in the league but he was held in high esteem by the recently departed Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson.
He was one of the chief suspects in making the deal happen but it hasn’t worked out quite yet. Fortunately, the central defender has enormous potential and most importantly, has similar characteristics to Bailey Wright. The Australian has been well received at the Stadium of Light and is proving pivotal in their bid to be promoted.
We’re not the only ones who think they’re comparable, though. Parkinson said earlier this year: “I felt with Morgan that he had the potential to be a good understudy to Bailey Wright because he has a lot of the same characteristics, albeit at a younger age.”
Although he’s still missing, that quote should be of huge comfort to Sunderland fans. If they have someone already in the mould of Wright coming through, they will be incredibly well prepared for the future.
However, what traits are we specifically talking about here? Well, his leadership certainly stands out for someone that’s still so young.
Everton coach David Unsworth hailed Feeney earlier this year: “I thought he was faultless and led by example. He was stepping in when he could, trying to help the midfield, and it was a great display by the skipper. He got his rewards for his desire to keep going.”
His reading of the game is supreme and he possesses a huge degree of intelligence. It’s remarkable to think that the youngster has only made four senior appearances.
One of those provided a goal, however. Coincidentally, it was on his Sunderland debut in the EFL trophy.
Once Feeney’s sufficiently recovered from his hamstring surgery, he should be a very valuable asset in the north-east.