Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has told the Chronicle that duo Charis Mavrias and Cabral are facing a difficult two weeks at the club.
The boss has suggested the pair could be left out in the wilderness at the club, if they choose to stay at the Stadium of Light and wait for a chance in the first team.
“That is the moment when you need to make a decision in your career. Do you sign a new contract elsewhere or wait?” said the boss.
“With Mavrias and Cabral there has been a little bit of interest but not a lot.”
“You don’t know when it is enough but those are the decisions they need to make.”
It’s clear Poyet is happy for either player to move on if they can find a new club.
On the one hand, that will be very appealing because it represents the prospect for either playing of featuring much more than has been the case in the North East.
Neither player has made an appearance for the club in competitive action this season, which suggests they aren’t at the forefront of Poyet’s thinking when it comes to his first team.
On the other hand, the boss could be left impressed by their guts and determination if they choose to stay at Sunderland.
Poyet has always been fair to players who work hard and show the right sort of qualities, which help the squad and team and they should get an opportunity before the end of the season.
There’s no right answer and risks based on either decision, but Poyet can’t be blamed for leaving the power in the hands of either star.