From York Street to the Etihad! How Boston United’s on-loan Sunderland midfielder Liam Agnew was called up for last night’s Premier League draw with Manchester City

Liam Agnew.
Liam Agnew.

Boston United midfielder Liam Agnew was granted the best view in the house as Premier League strugglers Sunderland stunned Manchester City at the Etihad last night.

The 19-year-old was named on the Black Cats’ bench by manager Gus Poyet during last night’s eyebrow-raising 2-2 draw.

Liam Agnew with Dennis Greene.

Liam Agnew with Dennis Greene.

And although he was an unused substitute, Agnew gained some valuable matchday experience.

Besides, that’s quite a step up from five days earlier, when he was helping the Pilgrims beat Stalybridge Celtic 4-1 in the Skrill North.

Agnew was recently handed a two-year professional deal by Sunderland, after impressing as part of the club’s development side.

But while he spends his days training with the Black Cats, he has been spending his weekends in United’s midfield.

He has made 16 starts for the Pilgrims since joining the club on work experience in January, becoming a vital part of Boston’s promotion push.

“I’m enjoying my time at Boston. I’m here to learn the man’s game,” said Agnew, who has picked up a few bruises and even a black eye during his first taste of senior football with the Pilgrims.

Last night’s 2-2 draw saw Sunderland give their survival hopes a boost, while also delivering a hammer blow to City’s title aspirations.

And being part of the matchday squad for Agnew - a Black Cats fan - was a massive step up from the last time the two sides met.

That was in the Capital One Cup final earlier this season, which saw City lift the trophy after a 3-1 success.

On that occasion, Agnew was at Wembley as a spectator, cheering the club on from from the terraces with his family.

Agnew is one success story to come out from United’s link-up with Sunderland.

This season youngsters Liam Marrs and David Ferguson have both impressed while on loan at York Street.

Agnew’s appearance with the Sunderland squad does not affect his stay with United.

He could be set to return to the Pilgrims’ starting line-up on Saturday at Leamington, unless Poyet has further plans for his young talent.