Sunderland’s season-defining clash against promotion rivals Barnsley has come and gone, but there’s one thing that happened during the clash that fans simply can’t wrap their heads around.

Tuesday’s goalless draw at Oakwell did not make pretty viewing for Sunderland fans, even though the result may just be a blessing in disguise.

Fans have heaped credit on the likes of Jack Baldwin, who returned to the first XI and dropped a defending master-class against the Tykes, but they are less impressed by January signing Kazaiah Sterling, who played one minute at Oakwell.

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The 20 year-old, who joined on loan from Tottenham in January, made his debut with a 30-minute cameo against Wimbledon back in February, but didn’t play a single minute of action between then and Tuesday, when he came off the bench in the 91stminute.

While it was Will Grigg who was brought in to replace the goals that walked out the door with Josh Maja, Sterling drew plenty of comparisons to the Bordeaux striker too, due to similarities in their age and play-style.

Jack Ross’ move to sign the Spurs starlet now looks almost completely pointless, as he clearly doesn’t trust a player with so little senior experience when promotion is on the line every single week.

You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below, where fans are bashing the January move…


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Ben Goodwin