Alex Pritchard looks poised to complete a move to Sunderland after completing a medical, according to reports from the Sunderland Echo.
The Lowdown: Sunderland move towards crunch 2021/22 campaign
Looking towards 2021/22, Black Cats manager Lee Johnson will be under no illusions with regards to the importance of the forthcoming campaign as he bids to lift his side out of League One for the first time since 2018.
Making inroads in the transfer market, the Wearsiders have brought in former Manchester United goalkeeper Jacob Carney [The Chronicle]. Sunderland now look set to land their second signing in quick succession following recent developments.
Would Pritchard be a good signing for Sunderland?
The Latest: Pritchard close to Stadium of Light switch
Pritchard is said to be on his way to the Stadium of Light after finalising background checks, and journalist Keith Downie has revealed that his medical evaluation has been successfully ratified, with looser ends of the deal expected to run smoothly [Sunderland Echo].
Available as a free agent after departing Huddersfield Town last season, he is set to sign a three-year deal on Wearside.
The Verdict: Pritchard would seem a solid signing for Sunderland
Upon reflection, the 28-year-old would be a solid addition who would add experience and quality to the Sunderland starting XI. Pritchard made 19 appearances for the Terriers in 2020/21, although the midfielder was unable to get on the scoresheet [Transfermarkt].
Of course, he made heads turn in 2016 after signing for Norwich City in an £8m deal from Tottenham Hotspur [Daily Mail].
Now in need of a career revitalisation, moving to Sunderland could be the perfect tonic to boost his confidence. Successfully carrying out 236 of 296 attempted passes (79.7%) last season [Infogol], his composure on the ball could add another dimension to the Black Cats’ midfield.
Once labelled as ‘very skilful’ by former Spurs teammate Christian Eriksen, Sunderland should look to ratify the deal for Pritchard as soon as possible .
In other news, a divisional rival has signed this former Sunderland talisman.
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