Opinion: Should Sam look to the future beyond PL survival?

With the Black Cat's in the midst of fighting relegation maybe it is time for a shake up in the roster.

Opinion: Should Sam look to the future beyond PL survival?
Allardyce greating the fans | Photo sourced: Sunderland AFC

While Sunderland fight for their Premier League future, the likelihood of manager Sam Allardyce allowing any of the club’s future talent a chance between now and May is a very slim chance.

However, with the current top form performances by the Development squad, should Allardyce give the youngsters the opportunity to feature in the first string?

Youngsters leading the way

I am on the fence with this option, although the under 21’s squad are currently sitting top of the league just one point ahead of Manchester United, who have two games in hand, could potentially be the saving grace Sunderland need right now.

But even so, bringing new blood into the team those who are such a young age could damage or even ruin the prospect of a footballing career.  If we look at James McClean, Jack Rodwell and even Scott Sinclair, we can see several once promising youngsters who have stumbled in recent years, but views on how their careers have turned out differ.

But could next season see the club’s youngsters make the breakthrough at the Stadium of Light?

Robson and Brady shinning lights

Central-defender George Brady has been with Sunderland since July 2015 after a move from Chelsea, with his early career spent in France as his encouraging performances for the AS Cannes youth team put him on the radar of a number of clubs.

Chelsea succeeded in gaining the signature of the giant defender, who was 6”4 aged 15, in 2012 and he made 24 appearances in his first season at U18 level at Stamford Bridge and captained the side at the back end of the season.

Ethan Robson has recently been spotted training with the first team as he tries to catch the eye of the man in charge.

Youngster Ethan Robson | sourced: Sunderland AFC
Youngster Ethan Robson in the Sunderland colours |  Photo sourced: Sunderland AFC

The 19-year-old is mainly a central midfielder, although this season he has shown with stints on both wings and as a right back for the Black Cats’ under-21s that he is versatile.

Surely it is only a matter of time before he is given a chance in Sunderland’s first team squad after he has featured 23 times to date at under 21’s level.

Maybe with the chance of training with the first-team and learning from players like John O’Shea and Lee Cattermole will improve their game, which is a step in the right direction.

Could both these players could be the future of Sunderland?