News in the Journal that Newcastle are giving a trial to Sunderland’s 21-year-old center-back Louis Laing, with a view to signing him if he does well.
Lois Laing – 21 year-old Sunderland center-back
Newcastle will probably want to bring in another center-back this summer, and this lad seems to have a good pedigree, and has played for all the England Youth sides through U19 , but only once for Sunderland, and he is a free agent in the summer.
Louis joined the Black Cats in the summer of 2009, but has played only once for Sunderland back in May of 2011, when he was 18, and came on as a late substitute for John Mensah in Sunderland’s 3–1 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He did go out on loan to Wycombe Wanderers two years ago and played 11 times for the first team, but that’s not too many first team games for a player who turned 21 in March.
You have to ask the question why are Sunderland letting this lad go if indeed he is of Premier League caliber.
But like Jack Colback he was born north of the River Tyne, and in fact in Newcastle, so it would seem he’d be only too keen to sign for Newcastle, if he proves he’s good enough.
Louis is 6’2″ tall and the report says he’s been training at Manchester United, and some other clubs are also said to be interested in signing him on a free transfer.
But again the question has to be why are Sunderland letting this lad go, and why has he only played once for Sunderland, in what has been a poor side struggling against relegation for the last two seasons.