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Sunderland are reportedly interested in signing Rotherham United defender Curtis Tilt according to journalist Alan Nixon.
WIGAN. Looking at a deal for Curtis Tilt. Missed out on a Blackpool move. Sunderland also keeping an eye on things.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) October 11, 2020
Tilt, 29, only signed for the Millers in January, but has struggled to hold down a spot in the Rotherham starting XI on a regular basis for Paul Warne’s side.
It is also claimed that Wigan Athletic are interested in signing the defender, whose future seems as though it’s likely to be away from the New York Stadium.
Sunderland will be looking to win promotion back into the Championship this term under the management of Phil Parkinson.
The Black Cats have recently been dealt an injury blow, with news that Arbenit Xhemajli is set for a spell in the treatment room.
But would Tilt be a good signing for Sunderland, and is he needed?
This would be another top signing for Sunderland.
The Black Cats have made a positive start to the season and have only conceded one goal in their first four league games, and Tilt would help tighten that defence up even more.
I really liked him when he was at Wrexham and Blackpool but it hasn’t particularly worked out for him at Rotherham United, and you could definitely see him leaving before the end of the transfer window.
He is dominant and powerful in the air and he is also very comfortable on the ball, so he’d be a perfect fit for Phil Parkinson’s side as they look to make a long-awaited return to the Championship.
It would be another positive addition on Wearside.
This makes complete sense.
Sunderland’s current injury problems in defence are a real concern and fresh blood is needed to ensure they have enough options to call upon.
Tilt enjoyed an impressive stint when he was at Blackpool in League One and stood out as one of the better defenders in the division, however his career has stalled since joining Rotherham and he’s clearly not in the forefront of Paul Warne’s plans at the Millers.
So for me, a deal suits all parties here. Tilt needs a new platform to exhibit his quality on a consistent basis, whilst Sunderland are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements and in Tilt they are getting an experienced head who has the nous to perform consistently at this level.
It’s a sensible move from Parkinson.
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He would be a decent signing.
Sunderland’s start to the season has been quite impressive and the success they’ve had stems from the defensive solidity of the team, having conceded just one goal.
So, they aren’t in a position where they desperately need a new player but adding more depth is important for Parkinson and Tilt would fit the bill. He has shone at this level with Blackpool in the past, so the Black Cats would be getting someone who can slot in instantly and knows what the league is about.
On a loan or for a low fee, this would make total sense and it would leave the Sunderland squad in a healthy position as they prepare for a hectic run up until January.