Johnson told to axe McFadzean after 'big blow' at Sunderland - Phillips

Kevin Phillips has called for Sunderland manager Lee Johnson to bring Denver Hume back into the starting XI in place of Callum McFadzean.

The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the loss to Charlton was “a big blow” to the Black Cats’ promotion hopes and claimed “a little tweak” to the side could “do wonders”.

McFadzean, 27, started Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Addicks, with the left-back a mainstay in the side since Hume suffered a hamstring injury in December.

Hume returned to full fitness at the back end of last month and has featured twice as a substitute for Lee Johnson’s side.

Sunderland travel to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday and Phillips believes now is the time to reinstall Hume into the starting XI.

“There has been a little bit of flack directed McFadzean’s way but it swings in roundabouts for me,” he told Football Insider. “He has done well in stages this season.

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“It might be time for a change at left-back now with Hume coming back from injury and the loss yesterday.

“It was a big blow in their push for promotion and maybe that little tweak could do wonders. It might be a position Lee Johnson looks at.

“There are not too many games left now though so he will not want to make too many changes but left-back could be one area he does look to make a change.” 

In other news, Sunderland are locked in a transfer battle with a Championship club for an Ipswich Town winger.