An update has emerged on St Johnstone defender Jamie McCart, regarding Sunderland’s interest in his services.
The report claims Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and Hibernian are also tracking the defender following his impressive season up in Scotland. He is said to be in the final 12 months of his contract, with a host of sides looking to pounce on his potential availability, including the Black Cats.
Sunderland were dealt a blow earlier this month as The Athletic revealed that Wolves are planning to keep Dion Sanderson at Molineux this summer. Wolves want to retain the centre-back and loan him out to a Championship side, ruling out any chance of a return to the Stadium of Light.
Kristjaan Speakman was reportedly keen on sealing a deal for the defender, following his loan spell last season, but now appears set to miss out on his signature.
Whilst this is frustrating for the club, it is now time to forget about Sanderson and concentrate on a swoop for McCart. The 24-year-old enjoyed a terrific campaign in the Scottish Premiership for St Johnstone and could be a fantastic, much-needed, addition to Lee Johnson’s squad. The ex-Bristol City coach needs a centre-back to replace Sanderson and McCart could prove to be an upgrade on the loanee, which would soon make supporters forget about the Wolves man.
Earlier this year, St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson heaped praise on his centre-back. He said that he is a great defender and works hard on the pitch.
“Jamie brings good balance on the left side, but he is a very good defender, first and foremost.
“Jamie works extremely hard and is very good on the ball, stepping in and playing. That’s something we have been getting him to do more of this season. But I don’t think people realise how good a defender he is.
“He’s defending his box really well.”
The £450k-rated powerhouse averaged a sublime WhoScored rating of 6.91 in the Scottish Premiership, winning 5.5 aerial battles per game. Sanderson, meanwhile, averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.72 across 26 appearances for Sunderland in League One, winning 2.3 aerial battles per game. McCart also made more tackles, interceptions and clearances than the Wolves loanee managed in the third tier.
McCart could turn out to be an upgrade on Sanderson and be a top-quality signing for Johnson as he has proven he can perform in the top-flight in Scotland. Dropping down to the third division in England could allow him to thrive even more, so Speakman and Johnson need to do all they can to get this deal over the line in the coming weeks.