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2021/2022

Sunderland

In


Alex Pritchard (mid) Huddersfield; Corry Evans (mid) Blackburn; Jacob Carney (gk) Man Utd; Callum Doyle (def) Man City – on loan

Out


Remi Matthews (sp) (gk) Crystal Palace; Max Power (r) (mid) Wigan; Charlie Wyke (r) (att) Wigan; Josh Scowen (r) (mid) Wycombe; Conor McLaughlin (r) (def) released; Dion Sanderson (sp) (def) Wolves – end of loan; Jordan Jones (sp) (mid) Rangers – end of loan; Jake Vokins (sp) (def) Southampton – end of loan; Chris Maguire (sp) (mid) Lincoln; George Dobson (mid) Charlton; Callum McFadzean (sp) (def) released; Grant Leadbitter (sp) (mid) released; Brandon Taylor (def) released; Jake Hackett (mid) released

Another disappointing season for League One big guns Sunderland last time out as they again failed to secure promotion. Manager Lee Johnson revived their fortunes after Phil Parkinson’s sacking in November and they were on course for automatic promotion. However, a dramatic loss of form saw them finish in the play-offs where they lost in the semi-finals. There have been significant player departures over the summer. Captain Power has left along with regular starters Scowen and McLaughlin. Several important squad players have also exited. However, the most eye-catching outgoing is that of Wyke. The powerful striker hit 30 goals in all competitions last season. So far only three outfield players have been added. Evans and Pritchard look good acquisitions, both have regularly featured in the Championship. 17-year-old centre-back Doyle has impressed in pre-season. Also returning to the squad for this campaign are Elliot Embleton and Will Grigg who both stood out in loan spells at Blackpool and MK Dons respectively last season. At the moment Sunderland’s squad is certainly weaker than it was at the end of last season. Assist machine Aiden McGeady is still at the club having signed a new contract. Apart from the full-back positions, the starting XI looks strong but they are lacking strength in depth. Their promotion push last season was hampered by a raft of injuries so more reinforcements are badly needed to try and guard against this happening again.

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Automatic promotion. Squad strengthening is needed if they are to sustain a promotion push.

Season Review
2020/2021

№4: Sunderland

A topsy-turvy season for Sunderland ended with defeat in the play-off semi-finals. The campaign started with Phil Parkinson in charge but he was sacked in November with the club eighth in the table. Lee Johnson took over and there revived their fortunes. A run of 10 wins in 12 games put them on course for automatic promotion. However, a dramatic late season wobble of just one win in their last nine matches saw them destined for the play-offs. A defensive injury crisis has undermined Johnson’s time at the club. For most of his reign he has had only one fit central defender, with utility player Luke O’Nien having to fill in. Central midfielder Max Power has also been forced to regularly play at right-back. Veteran winger Aiden McGeady was brought back into the fold when Johnson took over and has excelled. He has been unplayable at times and has been the chief provider for top scorer Wyke. In one match Sunderland scored four with McGeady providing all the assists and Wyke scoring all four goals. Wyke has 30 goals to his name across all competitions including 25 in the league. Under a new owner and with Johnson at the helm, they should be in the race for automatic promotion next season. Their main task before the start of the next campaign could be to replace McGeady and Wyke, whose contracts are both set to expire this summer.


Player of the Season: Charlie Wyke

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