Swansea fans react as Sunderland reportedly target Declan John

Sunderland manager Jack Ross looks on during the pitch before a Pre-Season friendly game at Estadio Municipal de Albufeira on July 18, 2019 in Albuferia, Portugal

Declan John hasn't featured in the Championship for Swansea City this season and a loan move to League One Sunderland could be perfectly timed.

Blackburn Rovers' Bradley Dack under pressure from Swansea City's Declan John during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City at Ewood Park on May 5, 2019...

Claims that Declan John is on his way to Sunderland have left Swansea City supporters wondering what might have been.

The Welsh international only signed a three-year deal at the Liberty Stadium in August 2018 but, 12 months and 13 appearances later, the former Rangers defender could be set to bid farewell to life in south Wales already.

According to the Northern Echo, Sunderland are keen to sign John on loan before today’s 5pm transfer deadline. The Black Cats have spent all summer chasing a left-back capable of providing competition for youngster Denver Hume so the one-time Cardiff City and Barnsley flyer certainly fits the bill.

Declan John of Rangers is seen in action during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

But what can Sunderland expect from John? Well, if you ask Swansea supporters, plenty of attacking intent but a tendency to switch off at the other end.

The seven-cap John slipped out of favour at Swansea with his lack of defensive nous limiting him to just a handful of Championship starts under Graham Potter. Potter’s replacement, Steve Cooper, brought in Jake Bidwell on a free from QPR, paving the way for John’s departure.

But while John is far from the finished article, he will at least fill a void in Jack Ross’ Sunderland squad.

Matty Cash of Nottingham Forest vies for possession with Declan John of Swansea City  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Nottingham Forest at the Liberty...

 

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