Is it going to be the year we finally see Sunderland climb up the leagues rather than fall down them? Well, no quite knows. Perhaps expecting the Black Cats to instantly turn around their form after so many years of disappointment was a bit much, but hope certainly remains. Indeed, SOME fans feel they need to prepare for playoffs, MOST, however, believe automatic promotion is theirs.
With a game in hand, is it time to get excited once again for the Black Cats? Boss Jack Ross will certainly feel that the fate of the club is in their own hands. Isn’t that a nice feeling for everyone on Wearside? Clearly, it’s not been perfect, but there’s certainly an element of control at the Stadium of Light for the first time in years.
So, with an important home game against Walsall up next, we take a look at who should come in and boost the team to the next level.
Drop Lee Cattermole
Cattermole is by far one of the Black Cats’ heroes of the modern day, being at the club for over nine years, he has faced the highs and the extreme lows of Sunderland Football Club.
This season, however, has seen the 30-year-old look his age, if not even older.
Looking slower, and short of ideas in the Black Cats’ 0-0 draw with Barnsley, it can be argued that it could be time for a change up in the midfield, giving the Englishman a break towards the latter stages of the season.
As the campaign enters its proverbial business end, they’ll need him fresh.
Start Dylan McGeouch
Having struggled to get into the side in recent weeks, it may be time for McGeouch to step up and help push the team over the promotion line as the games come thick and fast. A player of immense quality on the ball, the Scottish international can help Sunderland exert their class later.
With his experience in the Scottish Premiership, there is no doubting that the 26-year-old knows how to control games. Needing to prove his worth at the club ahead of a potential promotion, McGeouch mus recapture his form.