A winner from West Brom – plus a Bent/Gyan competition

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The boss has taken to the hills. I have abandoned computer screens and the Med for a long weekend in the Alps.

There may or may not be any new postings in my absence. Rather depends on whether Pete Sixsmith or any of the other regular or occasional contributors writes anything – and whether Joan Dawson finds time to make them appear here.

Sixer is embarking on a quick course on how to post articles for himself but threatens to be a slow learner, so don’t hold your breath just yet.

So how about a spot of fun just before anything nasty happens at Wigan to spoil all the excitement of the past few days?

Answer these questions:


1) How many goals will Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan bag this season?


2) In what positions will we – and Newcastle – end up in the Premier?


3) Have we now got the best squad Sunderland has assembled since the height of the Quinn/Phillips era or do weaknesses still cry out to be addressed?

The answer I judge to be best – assuming there are any answers – will get a Salut! Sunderland prize, to be announced. Don’t forget that spam filters mean anyone posting for the first time will find their comments held until my return – but they will be included in the competition.

And talking of prizes, I said there might be a Who Are You? equivalent of the manager-of-the-month award. It all depends on getting someone kind enough to stump up a prize of some kind, so will be decided month by month.

For August, we have such a prize, thanks to the payment-in-kind I was offered for writing a piece for the website of When Saturday Comes on the farcical events surrounding French international football.

Any of the August contributions – from Birmingham City, West Brom, Colchester United and Man City fans ahead of our games against their teams – would have been worthy choices.

So I have excluded two of last season’s overall winners – Birmingham’s Kevin Ball and Man City’s Martin Haworth – along with the second Citeh piece, by Nick March, since he’s a colleague, and gone – just ahead of a fine Colchester offering – for David Law, the BBC tennis commentator who is also a passionate WBA supporter.

His two-part questionnaire, starting with his tale about converting John McEnroe and Goran Ivanisevic to the Baggies’ cause, was a treat.

David has been notified of the award and realises it is about to change his life. When he gets back from wherever in the world – the US Open? – tennis currently takes him, he should hear from the half-decent football magazine, enclosing something suitable from its bookshelf.

Colin Randall

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4 thoughts on “A winner from West Brom – plus a Bent/Gyan competition”

  1. Well, I think Bent will get 18 and Gyan 10. We’ll finish 10th, the Mags will escape relegation and end up 15th. It is the strongest squad, in my view, since 2001 though I accept the point that’s been made about the Premier having moved on; and I’m letting myself get far to excited after one good win.

  2. At least Bent comes away from the Bulgaria game uninjured. But what a shame he didn’t get a chance to show what he’s made of. A good, though hardly significant, win for England and a great day for Defoe.
    Goals for Bent and Dyan? I’m going to say 20 and 12.
    Sunderland will finish the season in 12th spot, Newcastle 19th (just to be different from Jeremy). I suspect, actually, they’ll narrowly avoid relegation but let’s not give them the benefit of the doubt. 19th.
    Best squad? Here I agree with Jeremy that you can’t really make a comparison and, anyway, it’s far too early to tell.

  3. 1) How many goals will Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan bag this season?

    I think that the Dazzler will get 22, and that Gyan will get his share and end up with 11.

    2) In what positions will we – and Newcastle – end up in the Premier?

    It goes without saying that we will finish above them. Sunderland to finish 10th. They will finish 18th and be relegated again.

    3) Have we now got the best squad Sunderland has assembled since the height of the Quinn/Phillips era or do weaknesses still cry out to be addressed?

    It may be, but the league is even more competitive now. There`s still a profound lack of creativity in the midfield in and around the edge of the box, and we still haven`t got a winger who can get to the dead ball line and cross the ball. Neither Zenden (when he plays) or Elmoo seem to have this in their armoury. It`s ridiculous to try to make a comparison between what we have now, as there`s unlikely to be a pairing as devastating in combination and Q & P. Most of us may never see anything quite like that again, given what we have had over the previous 20 or 30 years to that. Gyan hasn`t put his boots on yet so calm down!

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