Newcastle United star Dan Burn has risked the wrath of the Toon Army by admitting he wants to see fierce rivals Sunderland back in the Premier League once again. The towering left-back enjoyed every minute of the Tyne-Wear derby on Saturday as Newcastle triumphed 3-0 on enemy territory in front of thousands of travelling fans.
Burn would love to play the Black Cats more often and his wish could be granted sooner rather than later with Sunderland currently sitting just inside the playoff places in the Championship at the halfway mark of the 2023/2024 campaign.
Sunderland haven’t been a part of England’s top flight since 2017. The following year they were relegated to League One for only the second time in 130 years but after four torrid seasons in the third division, they won promotion under Alex Neil.
Now, the Black Cats are knocking on the door for a dramatic return to the Premier League after narrowly missing out on promotion through the playoffs last season. Their rivals Newcastle are also on the rise having secured a top-four spot in the Premier League for the first time in 20 years last season.
But a dip in form combined with an injury crisis at St James’ Park has seen Eddie Howe’s side slip down the table. “I understand people are thinking about the way we played last season but it was always going to be a tough season,” said Burn.
“There have been really fine margins. The way we went out of the League Cup, the way we went out of the Champions League. We haven’t performed to the best of our ability in the last month but we’re still bang up for it and we still want to kick on.”
Burn is hoping games their FA Cup victory over Sunderland can prove to be a turning point in their season. “To be able to say I’ve played in one of these, I feel like I’m still dreaming a little bit,” he said. “That was us back to being us. The way that we pressed was a lot better. The last couple of weeks training helped us get back into good habits. I thought we were very good. I will get pelters for saying it but I want more derbies like this.
“If we didn’t win it was going to be a bit of doom and gloom. Hopefully, that’ll kick us on. I don’t think there’s any pressure internally. I think there’s been talk externally about the fact we’re not doing great but we’ve still got belief in what we do, the gaffer’s philosophy and how we want to play so it was about resetting after the Liverpool game.”