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Sunderland set to release Chris Maguire

Sunderland have confirmed that Chris Maguire will not be offered a new contract by the club this summer.

What’s the latest?

According to a statement posted on the club website, the centre-forward will be released upon the expiry of his current deal at the Stadium of Light next month, as the Black Cats do not wish to retain the 32-year-old’s services ahead of next season.

Is releasing Maguire a mistake?





Potential mistake

After joining Sunderland from Bury FC back in 2018, Maguire went on to make 124 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring 28 goals and providing 26 assists along the way.

This season, the Scotland international predominantly found himself starting fixtures on the bench, with only 12 of his total of 34 League One appearances coming from the first whistle.

However, despite this, Maguire nonetheless impressed when given the chance by Johnson, with the striker scoring five goals, registering five assists and creating seven big chances in the league.

The £315k-rated man also popped up with goal contributions at crucial times for the Black Cats this term, such as restoring the lead in a 3-1 win over Plymouth Argyle, providing the assist for Charlie Wyke’s strike in a 1-0 victory against Swindon Town and scoring a 97th-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Crewe Alexandra.

As such, Lee Johnson’s decision to allow the £4.4k-per-week forward move on to pastures new this summer could easily be argued as being one of his biggest mistakes at the club thus far – with this opinion being something that a number of Sunderland fans appear to agree with.

After the club posted their released list on Twitter, one Sunderland fan claimed that the departure of Maguire is “criminal,” while another simply stated their bafflement at Johnson letting the 32-year-old go.

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Who is the player?

Indeed, despite getting towards the twilight of his career, the versatile attacker has proven this season that he is still an extremely useful player to have around the place, and it would appear a highly likely scenario that the Scot will not be without a club for all that long – something that could well come back to haunt Johnson if Maguire were to sign for one of their League One promotion rivals.

In other news: Get it done: Johnson must sanction Sunderland swoop for £600k “nightmare” this summer – opinion

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