Sunderland boss O'Neill: Gardner future in midfield

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says Craig Gardner's future is in central midfield.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says Craig Gardner's future is in central midfield.

O'Neill says while he has played well as a right-back, he is likely to be shifted back to central midfield when Phil Bardsley returns.

He told The Journal: “Well, I think he’s acquitted himself pretty well there and he doesn’t mind where he plays.

“Overall, he can play in both positions. He’s improved as a fullback, he tried to read it well, he did very well with that, but he’s essentially a midfield player."

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