ROOKIE Sunderland midfielder Billy Knott has joined League Two club Wycombe Wanderers on a month’s loan, writes Dan Holland.
The 20-year-old, who played for the Black Cats’ Under-21 side in Monday night’s 3-2 win at Leicester, makes his third loan switch since joining Sunderland in January, 2011.
After spending the second half of the 2011/12 season at AFC Wimbledon, where he won their Young Player of the Year award, Knott scored eight goals in 20 appearances for Conference club Woking last season.
Knott, who made his Sunderland first-team debut as a substitute against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on the final day of last season, will be available for Wycombe’s match against Oxford United this weekend.
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth said, “Billy’s a tenacious midfielder with good energy and he’s got fantastic quality on the ball.
“We’ve watched him for a while and he’s a player that I admire – I’m sure he’s going to go on to big things.
“I’d like to thank Kevin Ball, Paolo Di Canio and Sunderland for allowing Billy to come here and I’m looking forward to welcoming him into the group.”
Knott is the second Sunderland youngster to join Wycombe in recent years – Louis Laing spent a half-season on loan during the 2011/12 campaign.
Meanwhile, Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford is undergoing treatment on the knee injury which caused the premature end of his loan spell at League Two outfit Burton Albion.
Pickford suffered a minor tear in his knee during training ahead of Burton’s match with Fleetwood at the weekend and was immediately recalled by the Black Cats.
The 19-year-old had started Burton’s first three games of the season and Brewers boss Gary Rowett says he would be interested in taking the keeper back to the Pirelli Stadium once he returns to fitness.
“I’ve asked Sunderland to keep me in the loop with his progress,” said Rowett. “He’ll be out for a month or so.
“It’s not a serious injury, but he’s a young keeper with fantastic potential and they want to make sure it doesn’t get any worse.”
The loan was Pickford’s first taste of the Football League after previously enjoying loan spells in the Conference with Darlington and Alfreton.