‘Another glowing endorsement’, ‘Ridiculous’ – Loads of Sunderland fans react to another club announcement

Sunderland prospect Bali Mumba has joined South Shields on loan until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old made his debut for the Black Cats at the tender age of 16 in May 2018, coming on as they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of the season. Not only that, he was handed the captain’s armband when he came on, making him the club’s youngest-ever captain.

He’s since appeared nine more times for the Wearsiders and has represented England from Under 16 to Under 19 level.

“We’re delighted to have someone of Bali’s calibre joining us for the final push in the league season,” said South Shields joint manager Graham Fenton.

“He is very highly-regarded at Sunderland having been regularly involved in the first-team squad over the last two years, and we’d like to thank all the members of staff at Sunderland who have enabled this to happen.”

Whilst it’s a move likely to be welcomed by the Mariners, who are top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division, it has drawn some surprise from Sunderland fans, who have seen him come close to first-team football recently.

Some supporters are concerned that the conveyer belt of talent seems destined to stop sometime before Under 23 prospects seem to make the transition to first team football, as you’ll see below.

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