Just a week ago, Jack Ross was describing Jack Baldwin as ‘terrific’ after the centre-back helped Sunderland beat Burnley 3-1 away from home in the Carabao Cup second round.
Making his first appearance of the season, the former Peterborough United captain seized a chance to prove his worth after falling down the pecking order, producing a performance full of character and quality at Turf Moor as he kept Jay Rodriguez and Matej Vydra, two strikers worth more than £20 million, off the scoresheet.
Now, just days later, he has gone.
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In a move that has not gone down at all well with an already frustrated Black Cats fanbase, Sunderland announced on deadline day that Baldwin has been sent out on loan to League Two Salford City.
And it’s hard to see how Ross’s promotion-chasing side benefit from this. Given how Jordan Willis and Alim Ozturk performed in Saturday’s 3-0 battering at Peterborough United, maybe Sunderland were a little hasty letting Baldwin walk out the door – particularly when you consider that doubts persist about the much-maligned Tom Flanagan.
Sunderland didn’t even get the benefit of a transfer fee with Baldwin leaving on a temporary basis. Yes, the 26-year-old hasn’t exactly shone in red and white stripes but he still looked like a useful and potentially valuable member of Ross’s squad.
How Ozturk is starting every game and we’ve let Baldwin go I’ll never understand. #safc— Nicholas Liddle (@NicholasLiddle) September 2, 2019
Will reserve opinion on the new full back until seeing him play, as is only fair.— @SAFC1973 (@SAFCFANSVIEW) September 2, 2019
Can’t help feeling Baldwin was made a scapegoat for Coventry defeat. Overall he’s a better defender/footballer than Flanaghan. Undoubtedly.#SAFC
Monatelang einer unserer besten Verteidiger, jetzt geht er: alles gute @JackBaldwin_6— German Black Cats (@GermanBlackCats) September 2, 2019
For many months one of our best defenders, now he is gone: All the best Jack Baldwin#SAFC #HawayTheLads https://t.co/aSBPK7TMcp
He should be playing, oh and we are also weaker than last season.— David (@david6790247) September 2, 2019
Awful business what on Earth are you doing— Ben Craig (@BenCra1g) September 2, 2019
Scale goat for the Coventry game even though Flanagan was given a free pass and is a far inferior player.— Pain in De Bock (@Bunney_91) September 2, 2019
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