Sunderland have all but confirmed their place in the Championship next season after another weekend passed without a win.
The Black Cats find themselves nine points from safety with only six Premier League games remaining and are on an abysmal run.
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David Moyes’ side have been unable to muster the camaraderie of previous seasons and will likely be without a large number of those who have seemingly done very little to salvage the Wearsiders’ Premier League status next season.
It is expected that first-team regulars such as Jermain Defoe, Jordan Pickford, Lamine Kone, Papy Djilobodji and Fabio Borini, as well as loanees Adnan Januzaj, Jason Denayer and Javier Manquillo will all be playing their football elsewhere next season.
Looking ahead, the 53-year-old Scot has a huge task on his hands if he is to reclaim any backing within the Stadium of Light, however one thing Sunderland fans do enjoy is seeing some fresh faces within the ranks, keen to pull on a red and white shirt and fight for the club.
So who should the Black Cats look to bring in ahead of their mammoth task of trying to return back to England’s elite?
- Jonny Hayes
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Jonny Hayes, who currently plies his trade at Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen, is an exciting winger who would make a real impact at the Stadium of Light.
His pace, ability to beat a defender and attacking prowess is something Sunderland have been crying out for throughout the entirety of this campaign.
The the 29-year-old, former SPFA Player of the Year nominee, would complement the likes of fellow wide-man Duncan Watmore, and furthermore would come at a low cost – with the Dons unlikely to demand a huge sum.
A bid of around £1 million would be more than enough to prize the Republic of Ireland international away from the Pittodrie Stadium and could prove a catalyst to the Wearsiders’ promotion hopes.
2. Tammy Abraham
Breakthrough season ğ pic.twitter.com/nKqOQ9qO0Q
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Tammy Abraham, who is currently on-loan at Championship strugglers Bristol City from Premier League leaders Chelsea, has set the second tier of English football alight this season.
A total of 22 goals from 37 Championship starts has caught the attention of many, however the Blues will not be keen to let their potential future star leave Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis.
Therefore, a loan move to Sunderland could well be feasible, and with the 19-year-old already proving his ability, he could well be the one to fire the north east side back to the often dubbed ‘best league in the world’.
3. Jason Denayer
ğWe have a new winner… @Jasondenayer!
145 the new score to beat!
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Denayer already has one season with Moyes under his belt and has arguably been the former Everton manager’s best singing.
The 21-year-old, currently on-loan from Manchester City, has shown he has quality in abundance with the ability to play both in defence and midfield.
The Belgium international has offered true commitment throughout Sunderland’s arduous campaign, and is someone who would be welcomed back with open arms by the majority of the Black Cats faithful.