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Introducing: Sunderland’s next academy star Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka

Introducing: Sunderland’s next academy star Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka

Sunderland have had two terrible years as the club has slumped to two successive relegations following after years of constantly fighting the drop.

Following their relegation, Sunderland brought in Jack Ross as the new manager under new owner Stewart Donald’s ownership of the club. They also brought in a fleet of new players at the club as they began a new era on Wearside.

Despite bringing in so many new players, Sunderland have started incredibly well and currently sit third in the table, four points off league leaders Portsmouth. Jack Ross has given youngsters a chance in the squad with Bali Mumba and Denver Hume all included in the first-team shakeup this season.

One recent academy graduate, however, who was recently included in Ross’ squad was 18-year-old attacker, Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka.

The 18-year-old made his debut in Sunderland’s match against Peterborough¬†and despite only being on the pitch for a few minutes, the youngster showed plenty of promise.

The winger joined the club two years ago and has since become a regular in the under-23 side since making the move up from the under-18s, where he starred last year and scored 10 goals in 12 games. The tall winger who can also play as a striker and as an attacking midfielder could well find himself starting soon as Ross looks to create a fresh new side.

With the club in League One at the moment, it’s the ideal time to bed in young players and hand them some key experience which will be vital in their development. Aidan McGeady is entering the tail end of his career and Jack Ross could well have his replacement already lined up.

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