Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson is understood to be surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light. Despite having a year left to run on his contract, the Swedish international may be looking to leave the North East in return for regular first team football.
Despite being a bit-part player under Sam Allardyce, the former Birmingham winger is a pivotal player in Erik Hamren’s Sweden side. Holding down a place in the midfield engine room for his countries European Championship campaign.
Larsson will enter the tournament looking to put himself in the shop window for potential buyers. His performance against the Republic of Ireland has certainly done him no favours. The yellow army failed to create enough opportunities for star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of Larsson’s primary jobs. An on goal by Aston Villa’s Ciaran Clark rescuing a point with 20 minutes remaining.
He now has two remaining group games to extent his nations stay in France, but will now have to settle for runner-up or even the risky business of a best of the rest third place qualification. The Swedes will face Italy in Toulouse on Friday the 17th of June, and the crucial fixture will conclude the action from the group stage against Belgium.
There is a definite argument to keep the 31-year-old in the ranks on Wearside. He offers valuable experience to a side possessing some talented youngsters. The Arsenal academy graduate can serve up a delicious set piece. A route frequently taken by the Black Cats.
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