Sunderland have made a loan move for Barnsley midfielder Callum Styles, as per Keith Downie.
Sunderland is ranked tenth in the standings. The team led by Michael Beale is going through a difficult time, and Wearside’s attitude has soured as a result of two straight Championship losses.
With just over a week remaining in the January transfer window, Sunderland has not added any players. Should they fail to do so, it is unlikely that the Black Cats will finish in the play-offs this season.
This season, Styles, 23, has participated in 20 League One matches for Barnsley. With three goals and two assists, Oakwell’s midfielder is a flexible option.
He spent last season on loan at Millwall where he managed 22 second tier outings just contributing to two goals for the Lions.
Now, following interest from Hull City and Birmingham City, it seems Sunderland are the latest Championship club to make a move for the League One talent.
What they need?
Sunderland could do with an addition in the middle of the park and Styles has the ability to cover gaps out wide also, but whether he has the quality needed to thrive in the Championship is really yet to be confirmed.
Styles has represented Hungary in eighteen international matches. The 23-year-old does have a significant deal of experience, both domestically and abroad in the Football League. Although he would be a valuable asset, it is unlikely that he would fit into Sunderland’s current lineup.
Given the deadline of next Wednesday and Downie’s assertion that Styles would be under pressure to buy, the first loan move ought to expedite the process a little bit. Styles would also be under pressure to have a strong start in the northeast.
The next game for Sunderland is a home match against Stoke City on Saturday, which seems like a must-win.