FORMER Black Cat Steve Bould has been seeking testimonials on Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as Arsenal consider testing Martin O’Neill’s resolve to keep hold of the Belgium international this summer.
AND now for their next trick. Having cracked the French market Newcastle United are now preparing to take one of football’s hardest tasks – importing teenage players of sufficient quality and character to take care of the next generation.
FABRICIO Coloccini will captain Newcastle United in their pivotal relegation clash at Norwich City this afternoon ahead of talks planned for next week aimed at persuading him to stay on Tyneside until the summer.
CARLOS Cuellar was on the defensive on Saturday. Having marshaled the barracks perfectly against Arsene Wenger’s frustrated Gunners, he mounted a rearguard action to deny Sunderland will be unduly defensive this season – despite their safety-first approach in North London.
SATURDAY afternoon might well have been seen as the return of the comeback kid but Craig Gordon’s return between the sticks could also be interpreted as the 29-year-old being given a chance to put himself in the shop window.