If Brendan Galloway thought his loan spell at West Brom last season was a disappointment, a temporary spell at Sunderland is not shaping up much better.
The 21-year-old defender was targeted and exploited by Thomas Christiansen’s Leeds United as they cruised to a 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light last month and the Everton loanee has barely been seen since.
In fact, his only Championship outing in the last month came in one of Sunderland’s poorest performances of the season – the 2-1 home defeat to newly promoted Sheffield United.
And, though manager Simon Grayson confirmed that Galloway was in contention to play against Cardiff City on Saturday after he was ineligible for the EFL Cup tie against parent club Everton in midweek, per The Chronicle, the youngster failed to get off the bench as Sunderland’s winless league run stretched to eight games.
Therefore, there’s a real sense of déjà vu surrounding Galloway. After a couple of shaky displays on loan at West Brom last season, the former MK Dons starlet found himself out of the first-team picture under Tony Pulis and did not feature in a single Premier League game after giving away a penalty in a 4-2 victory over West Ham in September.
If Everton thought Galloway would get his career back on track at Sunderland, they have been left disappointed. Bryan Oviedo looks to have the left-back spot sewn down now and it remains to be seen whether or not Galloway can win back the trust of Simon Grayson.