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Sunderland expect Mason Burstow to stay for the season

Question of involvement

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Mason Burstow has made thirteen appearances (eight starts) for Sunderland so far this season, which isn’t too terrible ... but also isn’t exactly great, especially as amid a coaching transition, the young striker has featured in only two of their last eight league games. And he’s yet to score as well, adding to the sense of loan-failure thus far.

Chelsea have not been shy to recall players if needed, having already done so with David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos this window for example, but it sounds like Burstow will not be following in their footsteps. At least that’s what new head coach Michael Beale, who replaced Tony Mowbray last month, expects.

“Mason’s going to stay here, I believe. So, you know, we’ve had those conversations and as it stands right now, Mason will be here until the end of the season.”

“He’s training well every day. He did start seven games, I think, under the previous coach and the team got good results albeit Mason never scored.

“The one thing you would say is that all four of the young strikers that come in, maybe have not contributed as much in terms of goals but they must have contributed because the team is sitting sixth in the league, which for us right now after 26 games, I think everyone would have took that at the start of the season.”

-Michael Beale; source: BBC

Beale’s connections as a former Chelsea youth coach probably work in his favor in this case.

Still, hopefully Burstow can find some more consistent playing time, and maybe even a few goals in the second half of the season. Sunderland are pushing for promotion — only out of the top six on goal difference at the moment. Perhaps Burstow can help make up that difference.

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