Sunderland to wait on Mavrias decision

Charis Mavrias.
Charis Mavrias.

SUNDERLAND will consider whether it is in Charis Mavrias’ best interests to leave on loan in January.

It was reported last week how Mavrias’ former club Panathinaikos were interested in re-signing him on loan in the upcoming transfer window after the Greek international has failed to make a single appearance for Sunderland this season.

While Mavrias is understood to be wary of returning to his homeland, the 20-year-old is yet to be used in the Premier League during Gus Poyet’s tenure as Sunderland boss.

There has been interest from the Championship in Mavrias – although the emergency loan window shuts for Football League clubs tomorrow – but Panathinaikos are the keenest suitors.

Poyet insists he hasn’t been made aware of any approach from Panathinaikos, but admits it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Mavrias could depart on loan.

He said: “I suppose Harry would like to play. We talked earlier in the season about options and what will happen.

“We need to wait and see.”

Mavrias impressed during Sunderland’s pre-season campaign, despite spending much of the friendly programme as a makeshift full-back.

But his chances of game-time at Sunderland have not been helped by the competition for places out wide, with striker Connor Wickham predominantly used on the left this season, Will Buckley or Adam Johnson on the opposite flank, and both Ricky Alvarez and Emanuele Giaccherini now on the verge of returning from injury.

Poyet added: “He did terrific for us in pre-season. He played everywhere and was a pleasure to have.

“But the shape of the team and the players who can play in there, and this new position of Connor Wickham, hasn’t helped.

“Then it becomes only one player in wide areas and there’s Jonno and Will Buckley competing for it.

“Then Ricky Alvarez arrived as well, so it’s difficult for him.”