Ex-England striker says joining Sunderland is a 'move backwards' for Dylan McGeouch

Dylan McGeouch
Dylan McGeouch

Chris Sutton has wished new Sunderland signing Dylan McGeouch the best of luck - but claims his move to Wearside is a step backwards.

Sutton, who picked up a solitary cap for England in 1997, has also represented Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea in the Premier League.

But having taken to Twitter, the 45-year-old aired his views on the Scottish star's move to the Black Cats.

McGeouch penned a deal at the Stadium of Light after turning down the offer of a new contract at Hibernian, where he had played since 2015.

And Sutton believes that decision is not one in the right direction.

While the former striker did wish McGeouch the best of luck, he was critical of his decision to make the switch and team up with Jack Ross' side.

On his Twitter account, Sutton said: “Good luck to Dylan McGeouch, a really talented player, with his move to Sunderland. But it’s a move backwards.”

McGeough, however, believes that his move to Sunderland gives him the chance to play for a 'massive club'.

“It’s a great place to be and hopefully we can get the club back to where we should be,” he said after being unveiled at the Academy of Light.

“I’ve heard a lot of great things about the manager up the road as well as down here and it is exciting times to work with him.”