An update has emerged on Sunderland target Todd Kane, regarding QPR’s plans for him in pre-season…
According to West London Sport, QPR have axed Sunderland target Todd Kane from the senior squad and have forced him to train and play with the under-23 side in pre-season following his falling out with Mark Warburton last season.
London Football News reported earlier this summer that Charlton, Portsmouth and Sunderland are all looking at Kane as a potential target to bolster their squad ahead of the League One campaign.
Following the departures of Max Power and Conor McLaughlin at the start of the month, Sunderland are in desperate need of a right-back addition to the squad.
Lee Johnson currently has no senior, natural, right-back options at his disposal and Kane could be being looked at to solve this problem as he is a Championship-experienced player in that position.
The 27-year-old has plenty of games under his belt at Championship and Eredivise level, with over 150 career appearances for a host of clubs, including Hull, Forest, Groningen and QPR. Sounds good for a player targeted by a League One club right? Yes, but his pedigree is not why Sunderland fans would hate this deal. His attitude is the reason supporters would likely not be able to get behind any swoop for the ex-Chelsea man.
Kane conducted an interview last season claiming that he was better than his teammate Osman Kakay, voicing his confusion at being on the bench behind the right-back. His manager, Warburton, was then forced to respond to the situation and pointed out that respect is important for him as a coach, with Kane failing to show it for hit teammate.
“I’m very aware of what was said. But what we speak about as a squad stays private. We’ll never disclose that.
“For me personally, amongst the squad and amongst the staff, respect is paramount.
“We’re in a very competitive business but it’s important to me that we all speak with respect.”
This suggests that the arrival of £7k-per-week dud would not be good for the spirit in the dressing room if he was faced with a negative situation. He has shown that he does not react well to adversity and Sunderland cannot afford to carry players who are not up the fight and who could down tools when the going gets tough.
His banishment to the under-23’s squad is just the latest example that Kane is not the right man to keep around a harmonious dressing room.
Therefore, Sunderland should be avoiding this deal at all costs, it would be a disaster if they took him to the Stadium of Light.