Poyet admits 'outstanding' Danny Graham could still leave

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has praised striker Danny Graham but admits he could leave the club this month.

Gus Poyet has piled the praise onto Sunderland striker Danny Graham in the Chronicle but admits he doesn’t know whether he’ll still be at the club by the transfer deadline.

Graham featured in Sunderland’s defeat against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, leaving Poyet pleased with his contribution.

“Danny was outstanding, apart from not scoring a goal. He came on, he held the ball up, he ran about. It’s something that we need,” said the boss.

“He’s shown that from the moment he came back from the loan (at Wolverhampton Wanderers) and if he is like that he will get his chance.”

Poyet’s problem according to the Chronicle is that he doesn’t have control over transfers, which explains how a player the manager appears to rate could still be allowed to leave the club in the summer.

The paper reports Wigan are keen on a loan deal over the second half of the season but Poyet simply replied with ‘I don’t know’ when he was pressed to give a clearer answer over Graham’s future with the club.

On the one hand, the manager can fight hard to keep the player in his squad, because he showed against Spurs how he can have an impact against the bigger sides in the Premier League.

However, on the other hand, Poyet’s hands appear to be tied and it’s difficult for him to stop the player leaving if he wants to link up with Wigan, where he’d arguably quickly become their most important attacking player.

Graham will retain popularity with Sunderland fans if he stays, gets his head down and works hard but with time running out in the current transfer window, he’s under pressure to make a decision over his future quickly and he needs to do what he feels is best for him and his immediate career.

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