Sam Allardyce admits experienced goalkeeper could leave Sunderland

Sunderland Stadium of Light

Costel Pantilimon and Vito Mannone have both had opportunities this season.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that one of his senior goalkeepers could leave the club, the Chronicle reports.

For a large part of the season, Costel Pantilimon was the number one stopper at the Stadium of Light until recent games have seen Vito Mannone given a run in the side.

The recent FA Cup third round defeat saw Pantilimon overlooked as Mannnone was given a rest, and Jordan Pickford was handed his first start for the Black Cats.

Allardyce is quoted, saying: It depends how the situation develops as the month goes on. Jordan has come back and threatens Vito and Costel.

“One may find it more difficult than the other if they are not playing and may say that they want a move.

“Vito said that; that he needed to play first-team football.

“But now Vito has got a chance, it could be Costel [who leaves].

“Who knows what will happen? All three are here now and you need three goalkeepers anyway.”

It's an interesting situation that Sunderland's goalkeepers find themselves in, and a test for Allardyce's man management when it comes to trying to keep both men happy for as long as they are at the club. 

As it stands, one would think that Pantilimon is the most likely to leave given that Mannone has been promoted within the first team. After saying he wanted more first team opportunities, Mannone is getting them, therefore he should be pretty content.

Pantilimon is probably entitled to be frustrated, especially as he wasn't even given an opportunity in the FA Cup tie, and Allardyce seems pretty keen to keep Pickford around the first team environment. It's hard to see a goalkeeper with Pantilimon's experience wanting to stick around if he's not getting game time?

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