Championship side Sunderland accepts Mason Burstow on loan
Mason Burstow garnered attention following his performance with Chelsea’s first team during the pre-season.
The 20-year-old scored a late equalizer against Borussia Dortmund, started in the Carabao Cup against AFC Wimbledon and also made appearances as a substitute in the Premier League matches against West Ham and Luton Town.
AC Milan, the Serie A giants, had also shown interest in the youngster for a potential loan move during this transfer window. This scenario was more likely to materialize if AC Milan were unable to secure the signing of Mehdi Taremi from Porto, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Following Sunderland striker Ross Stewart’s transfer to Southampton, the Championship side has reached an agreement to bring in Burstow on loan as his replacement. Burstow was at Sunderland’s training ground Friday for final discussions and medicals upon the deal’s completion, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Pochettino’s stance on Burstow
It was believed that Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino wanted to keep the youngster at Stamford Bridge, and this was further evident in the number of appearances he has made under him, unlike other young players who have been loaned out of the club during this window.
The Evening Standard had previously reported that Pochettino was open to having the duo of Bashir Humphrey and Burstow in his squad. However, things have since changed, as both players are now set to be loaned out on deadline day.
Despite Burstow getting some game time with the senior squad, going out on loan to a club in need of replacements can assure him more playing time than Chelsea might be able to provide. At Stamford Bridge, he would be competing with Nicolas Jackson and Armando Broja.