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Sunderland given hope of keeping hold of young talent

Sunderland given hope of keeping hold of young talent

According to The Evening Chronicle, Sunderland striker Josh Maja has revealed he is happy at the club ahead of contract negotiations. 

The teenager is in the final year of his contract at The Stadium of Light, and this is massive news to manager Jack Ross and fans at Wearside, as it would be devastating to lose their star man.

The 19-year-old has already scored seven goals in nine games to help The Black Cats to third place in League One. He is joint top scorer in the league and Ross will be desperate to keep hold him, as the new manager plans to rebuild the club after successive relegations.

The striker is a man that the former St Mirren boss can build his squad around, someone that can spearhead the attack and get the vital goals to carry the club forward, as he has done so far this season.

While no one at Sunderland would want to lose Maja (valued at £225k on Transfermarkt.co.uk), they will certainly not want to see him go on a free transfer at the end of his contract. That is why it is imperative that he signs a new deal, and his recent confession looks very promising for everyone in the northeast. If Sunderland have realistic aims of returning to the top of English football, they must keep hold of their young talent for now.

The Black Cats travel to Coventry on Saturday, hoping to keep the pressure on early season league leaders Portsmouth and Peterborough.

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