Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill says Wayne Bridge and Sotirios Kyrgiakos will get first-team chances

Wayne Bridge in action for Sunderland against Norwich City.
Wayne Bridge in action for Sunderland against Norwich City.

MARTIN O’NEILL believes deadline-day signings Wayne Bridge and Sotirios Kyrgiakos will have a part to play in Sunderland’s season, despite barely featuring so far.

The on-loan defenders were brought in on the last day of the January transfer window to reinfore a back line that was creaking at the seams.

But with Phil Bardsley, John O’Shea, Michael Turner and Kieran Richardson in excellent form after coming through injuries, the new arrivals’ chances have been severely limited.

Manchester City full-back Bridge has seen only eight minutes of action and Wolfsburg centre-back Kyrgiakos none at all.

O’Neill, though, expects his new boys to make an important contribution, pointing out there is still a substantial chunk of the season remaining.

“They will play their part, absolutely,” said the Sunderland boss.

Read Graeme Anderson’s full article in today’s Sportmail.