League Two Salford City have signed centre-back Jack Baldwin on loan from League One Sunderland but has Jack Ross made a mistake?

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.

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.

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