Jack Ross is set to ring the changes for tonight’s EFL Cup fixture with Burnley, as reported by the Chronicle.
After four wins in a row in all competitions, Ross is hoping to give some of his fringe players a run out with a gruelling schedule ahead of them. This will be their seventh fixture in August, with one more to come before the end of the month against Peterborough.
With that in mind, Ross explained that a number of his first team squad could be given a start tonight.
“We will make a lot of changes but equally we’ll have a good team out,” said the former St Mirren boss.
“We’ve got players like George (Dobson), like Dylan (McGeouch) who have done not a lot wrong this season. Tom Flanagan comes into that as well.”
Another player likely to be given a start is £4m striker Will Grigg. He’s struggled for form in the early part of this season, but Ross feels his striker is not far from getting the all-important goal he needs to kickstart his campaign.
“I felt for Will against Wimbledon in terms of the opportunity he missed because his overall play was good, encouraging, it helped us win the game. He’s just got to keep doing that because the goals will come for him if he does.
“It’s one of these little phases for him but we’ve got a huge amount of faith in him and the overall performance was really good so if he keeps doing that, the goals will come for him.”
The Black Cats are currently one of five teams tied at the top of the early League One table, with 11 points from their opening five fixtures.
Whilst McGeouch and Dobson will be getting some minutes this evening, all eyes will be on Will Grigg. He arrived with much fanfare in January, but he hasn’t lived up to the hype and has struggled for form and goals.
Charlie Wyke has stepped up this season and Marc McNulty has impressed when fit. Chris Maguire has been amongst the goals too, leaving Grigg well down the pecking order.
He needs a big performance, something to keep him in Jack Ross’ plans and more importantly, get the fans onside.
Once you lose the 30,000 home supporters at the Stadium of Light, it’s not easy at all to win them back.