Articles by: Ben Painter

  • AC Milan's Fabio Borini, center, celebrates with his teammates Giacomo Bonaventura, right, and Nikola Kalinic after scoring his side's fourth goal during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Hellas Verona at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Sunderland AFC loan watch

    May 14, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Sunderland’s season may be over but the players out on loan still have games to play and still have a job to do for their respective teams. Papy Djilobodji played the full 90 minutes as the centre of a back three for Dijon in Ligue 1. Djion lost 2-1 to […]

  • Sunderland AFC loan watch

    Sunderland AFC loan watch

    May 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    The season is over for Sunderland and after a surprising 3-0 victory over champions Wolverhampton Wanderers, things could be looking bright for Sunderland next season. The players out on loan had varied success, with most of them not even featuring. Fabio Borini came on a substitute in the 58th minute […]

  • Sunderland's Papy Djilobodji on the bench

    Sunderland AFC loan watch

    May 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    While Sunderland were beaten 2-1 by Fulham on Friday night as the Cottagers look to earn promotion back to the Premier League, the players out on loan at Sunderland had mixed fortunes over the weekend.  Papy Djilobodji played the full game in the centre of a back three for Djion […]

  • Fabio Borini during his time with Sunderland

    Sunderland AFC loan watch

    April 27, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Despite the inevitable relegation being confirmed at the weekend, the players out on loan were focused on doing the job for their current teams. Fabio Borini played 49 minutes for AC Milan in Serie A before being replaced by Suso. They lost 1-0 at home to Benevento with Pietro Iemmello scoring, […]

  • Fulham's Kevin McDonald (second left) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match at the New Den, London.

    Preview: Fulham fan looks ahead to game vs Sunderland

    April 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Despite having their fate sealed there are still games for Sunderland to play and Chris Coleman’s men will be looking to prove they still have something left in them. The Black Cats take on Fulham away at Craven Cottage, Fulham are currently in 3rd place and will be looking for […]

  • Sunderland's Papy Djilobodji on the bench

    Sunderland loan watch

    April 16, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    SportsByte checks on the progress of Sunderland’s numerous players out on loan. Papy Djilobodji played the full game for Dijon in Ligue 1 as they drew 1-1 with Nantes. Prejuce Nakoulma scored in the 33rd minute for Nantes but Kwon Chang-Hoon equalised for Dijon in the 61st minute to get […]

  • Wabi Khazri in action for Rennes

    Sunderland AFC loan watch

    April 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Several of Sunderland’s players are playing their football elsewhere this season, we looked at how they did at the weekend. Tom Beadling played in the midfield for Dunfermline Athletic and put in a fantastic performance that earned him a place in the SPFL team of the week. Dunfermline beat Falkirk […]

  • Jeremain Lens in action for Sunderland at the start of the 2016/17 season

    Sunderland and Besiktas fans reflect on the Jeremain Lens transfer

    March 5, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Turkish outfit Besiktas have permanently signed Dutch winger Jeremain Lens for a reported £6 million. The 30-year-old signed for Sunderland in the summer of 2015 but only managed 20 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 3 goals. In the 2016-17 season Lens went out on loan to Fenerbahce in Turkey […]

  • Hartlepool United

    Hartlepool United’s Jack Blackford talks about his loan opportunities in the North East

    April 4, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Jack Blackford has been with Hartlepool United his full career, playing through youth level right up to his first senior contract. On 16 April 2016 Blackford made his professional debut for Hartlepool, being substituted on for Michael Duckworth in the 84th minute in a 2-1 victory at home to York City. Blackford […]

  • South Shields, Darlington 1883 and Seaham all have reserve sides in the league.

    Wearside League’s reserve teams ‘unfair’ says West End player

    December 10, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Should first-team players be allowed to play in the Wearside League for the reserve teams? The Wearside League is home to many teams in and around the North East – Sunderland West End, Jarrow FC and Hartlepool FC to name a few. However, in recent seasons teams from higher divisions have implemented […]