Out With the Old: 4 Players Sunderland Desperately Need to Axe in the January Transfer Window

Sunderland's tale of woe seems to not have an ending, with the Championship proving as hard a league as ever to triumph. The majority of those who continue to drag their knuckles through the cloud of depression on Saturday afternoons and Tuesday nights towards the Stadium of Light did not expect miracles from the Black Cats' first campaign in England's second tier for a decade. However, following the opening two fixtures of the season, in which Simon Grayson's side collected four impressive...

Jack Rodwell

All of the above certainly infuriate and embarrass those who cherish the red and white stripes of Sunderland, however no one does it more than Jack Rodwell.

It is hard to know where to start with the once highly-thought-of career stealer. Maybe with the 26-year-old's pure lack of footballing ability, or the fact a linesman covers more blades of grass each game than the pathetic excuse for a professional. 

However, the one point that aggravates the Stadium of Light faithful more so than anything else is the Southport-born player's happiness to weigh down on a well-documented financially struggling club by refusing to take a pay cut due to relegation. 

Rodwell is the only player in the Sunderland side who did not have a 40% wage decrease built into his contract when signing. 

While some will say the club's negligence is to blame for that, which it is, there are not many self-respecting people out there who could happily take home their bumper wage knowing 40 people, and more since, were made redundant in February due to his and his teammates' inability. 

Is there any wonder why when the former Manchester City and Everton man takes the field he is greeted with a chorus of boos? 

Darron Gibson

To put it simply, if there was a choice between playing with 10 men or playing with 11 men including Darron Gibson the former would be the preferred option for most Sunderland supporters. 

Not only does the 29-year-old have the same levels of cardiovascular fitness to that of an old aged pensioner, the Republic of Ireland international's passing ability would suggest has has the eyesight of one also. 

The Derry-born midfielder does not add a single positive aspect to the Black Cats' game, and the sooner the former Everton flop is away from Wearside the better.

Lamine Kone

Alongside Galloway in defence is another that the Black Cats faithful would not be sad to see the back of, Lamine Kane. 

When the 28-year-old arrived on Wearside under Sam Allardyce the red and white army were baffled as to how their relatively small-fish north east club had managed to coax such a talent. 

However, as time went on the Ivory Coast international's true colours became obvious, and it is now clear to see the centre-back is nothing but a mercenary with little care for those who gave him a chance amongst one of the world's elite leagues.  

Brendan Galloway

Probably the most unlikely to happen, Brendan Galloway returning to parent club Everton would spark celebrations similar to those only saved for a victory over Newcastle United. 

The 21-year-old's sheer lack of spacial awareness, tracking his opposite man or having the ability to actually play football is comical at times, apart from when the somehow England Under-21 international is the cause of going behind yet again. 

It would not come as a surprise if the Toffees contacted Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain on a daily, or even hourly basis, to gloat they no longer have to nurture the abysmal defender. 

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