SUNDERLAND prospect and Hartlepoool Utd target Mikael Mandron has gone on loan to promotion-chasing League Two side Fleetwood Town for the rest of the season.
Seventh-placed Fleetwood are a club on the rise, having gone up as Conference champions in the 2011-12 season.
And after a season of consolidation in League Two, manager Graham Alexander is hoping that the 19-year-old French forward can help fire his side into League One.
Mandron has been in and around the fringes of Sunderland’s first team for some time.
And having been handed a first-team appearance by Paolo Di Canio at the back end of last season, he would have been dreaming of making a first-team impact in the current campaign.
Debuts at the weekend for fellow Under 21 team-mates Duncan Watmore and El-Hadji Ba in the FA Cup third round victory over Carlisle United, shows Gus Poyet is open to giving youth a chance.
But the club has decided it would be in Mandron’s best interests to get league experience for the remainder of the season and it is hard to argue that the youngster will not benefit from the move and the chance of regular first-team football.
Mandron joined Sunderland in 2011, scoring six times in his debut season for the Black Cats’ Under 18s side.
Last season he found the back of the net 12 times in 13 games for the Under 18s as he progressed to Kevin Ball’s Under 21 side.
This season he has made six appearances for Kevin Ball’s side, scoring seven times.
He made two substitute appearances for the first team last season, coming on as a substitute at Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.