‘So annoyed’, ‘Deserved more’ – Many Sunderland fans react as midfielder finds new club

Blackpool’s impressive summer business continued as they secured the signing of former Sunderland midfielder Ethan Robson following his release from Wearside.

The 23-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Tangerines, a contract which also contains an option to extend by a further 12 months. He opted to join Blackpool ahead of stiff competition from Fleetwood Town, Portsmouth, Ipswich Town and Oxford United who were all linked with the midfielder.

Robson made 14 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring once, but he impressed in two loan spells, one north of the border with Dundee and another in League Two with Grimsby Town. His departure from the Stadium of Light came after a 16-year stay there, and his capture has certainly impressed manager Neil Critchley.

“I’m excited to welcome Ethan to Blackpool and I am really looking forward to working with him,” said the former Liverpool coach. “He’s a highly rated, athletic midfielder who I have been aware of for a number of years and watched him develop at Sunderland. I believe he will be a valuable asset to the team, and he fits the profile well of the type of player we want to bring to the club.”

Robson was also effusive in his praise for the club he’s joined, paying tribute to his former employers at the same time.

“I’m delighted to be joining Blackpool and I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to leave Sunderland, which is where I’ve grown up and developed over the years. But after speaking to Neil Critchley and hearing what he had to say about the team and where he wants to take it, I felt it was a journey I wanted to be a part of.

“Blackpool is on the up and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future brings here.”

Robson is the latest in a number of arrival at Bloomfield Road, including Keshi Anderson, Marvin Ekpiteta, CJ Hamilton, Oliver Sarkic and Jerry Yates. Whilst his arrival is news that has been well received by the Seasiders, it has not been quite as popular in the north east, as you’ll see below.

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