Match Day Round Up

From pre-match news to crazy transfer rumours - here’s a roundup of what’s making the headlines today. Dylan McGeough has been tipped to start again against Rochdale and Jack Ross has backed him to be a more attacking player, Ross said: “I was delighted he did that [against Accrington], he’s trained like that for a while now, and he was very much like that in the couple of behind-closed-doors games we had as well. It’s just continuing to get him to do that because he undoubtedly has it in his locker, physically and as a footballer, to do that. It’s just encouraging him and making sure he believes in himself that he can do it. His footballing ability has never been in doubt. This season has been a different challenge for him, it’s been his first experience of English football and there are some differences. As I’ve said, his attitude throughout has been terrific. I speak to him regularly and he’s always said, ‘I’m just waiting on my opportunity and I believe that when I get it, I’ll take it.’ He certainly did that the other night and it’s just a case of replicating that. It’s not like the other night surprised me, I was just pleased for him because I know that’s what he can do.”

Ross responded to talk about Denver Hume’s potential new contract and is looking to avoid a similar situation to Josh Maja, Ross said: "There's no new news on that. I'm a little frustrated it hasn't been concluded. From my side, it's never been an issue because I've always wanted him at the club. It's not as though it is just because he has come back into the team, all the way through his injury I have been pushing this. I'm not avoiding responsibility, but it comes out of my hands to a degree, it's other people at the club's responsibility to get everything agreed and hopefully that will be done soon because he is a good player. I've spoken about him often enough and I would love him to be a part of what we are trying to do here. I have no reason to believe that he doesn't [want to stay] but until everything is tied up you run that risk, and it is something we want to avoid."

Kazaiah Sterling scored his first goal in senior football and has credited the training sessions which helped him sore his first ever goal, Sterling said: “It was a really good feeling getting my first goal for Sunderland, especially as it was a goal that really helped the team. I felt sharp when I came on because I’ve been working hard in training. Everyone has been, which means I have to work hard too. If everyone else is sharp, then I’m sharp as well. We’re all helping each other through this. It’s hard but I didn’t just come around to sit here and relax, I came here to work hard. Even if I’m not playing, working hard means working hard off the pitch, in training, everything. I’ve learned a lot from the senior players and even the younger players playing in the first team. We’ve got loads of games coming up and the gaffer [Jack Ross] said just to be ready when the chance comes. That means working hard in training and keeping doing what I’ve been doing so that when the chance comes in, I’m in a position to take it. All I can do now is keep working hard and when I’m given the chance, keep doing as well as I can.”

The summer transfer window might not even be open yet, but there’s a strong contender for craziest rumour already. Roma’s Edin Dzeko has been linked with the club in Italy, even if we go up and are promoted into the championship it still seems farcical. I wouldn’t get your hopes up with this one.