One to Watch #58: Michael Kay

Last updated : 15 September 2010 By Dan Buxton

Name:  Michael Kay

Date of Birth:  9/12/1989

Position: Defender (RB)

Club: Sunderland

Previous clubs: None

International caps:  England U-17 level

Michael Kay is a highly rated youth prospect at Sunderland, a natural
right-back who has travelled with the first team squad numerous times
over the last few seasons but is yet to break into Steve Bruce’s
starting line-up.  Kay progressed through the clubs academy and has
been playing regularly for the reserve team since the 2007/2008
season, gaining enough attention from Bruce to warrant several
appearances as an unused substitute.

Kay (no relation to former Sunderland full back John Kay) joined the
club at the age of 8 and progressed through the academy after
completing a 2 year scholarship at the Stadium of Light, also playing
for England at under-17 level.  Kay is now a prominent member of the
reserves and was the leading appearance maker for the 2009/2010
season, captaining the side on most of those occasions.

Kay made his first team debut against Blackburn in a 4th round replay
of last seasons FA Cup, playing for 56 minutes against Allardyce’s
men.  Kay has yet to make a first team appearance this season but has
once again featured regularly as reserves captain and will be hoping
that this is the season he finally gets his break in the first team.