Sunderland Atheltic are set to confirm the arrival of Tony Gallacher in the coming days.
That’s according to a claim made by Alan Nixon, with The Sun journalist revealing in a post on Twitter that the Black Cats have all but secured a season-long loan deal for the Liverpool left-back, with an announcement expected in the very near future.
The journalist went on to state that the capture of the 22-year-old has now resolved Lee Johnson’s issues at left-back, however, with Denver Hume still yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Stadium of Light, the out of contract defender could still yet move onto pastures new this summer.
In his tweet, Nixon said: “Sunderland. Tony Gallacher deal should happen tomorrow. Loan from Liverpool. Left-back position sorted.”
As Nixon hinted at, the left-hand side of Johnson’s backline was very much beginning to look like something of a problem area for the 40-year-old manager, who, with a little over a week remaining before the Black Cats kick off their League One campaign, had no contracted players in the position.
However, with Gallacher’s arrival at the club now looking to be a near-certainty, the Mackems boss will be breathing a huge sigh of relief.
And, considering just how much potential the 22-year-old appears to possess, Kyril Louis-Dreyfus could well have solved Sunderland’s left-back problem not just for next season, but for many more in the future.
Indeed, having so far failed to break into the Liverpool first-team – something that, with the greatest of respect to Gallacher, appears unlikely considering his age and Andy Robertson’s nailing down starting spot – the former Scotland U19 international nevertheless demonstrated his ability while on loan at FC Toronto last year.
As such, should Gallacher impress for Sunderland next season, considering the fact it seems as if the 22-year-old has not quite made the grade for a Premier League-challenging side, it would not be surprising if the Reds were happy to move the defender on permanently, something that could well tempt Louis-Dreyfus.