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Sunderland’s forgotten man: Black Cats winger could be a key man in Ross’ Championship push

Sunderland could be in for a busy summer in the Transfer Tavern.

Under new boss, Jack Ross, Sunderland are looking to rebuild and halt their relegation slide. With Ross and new owner Stewart Donald now in charge of the club, the Sunderland faithful will be hoping some decent signings can be brought in to improve the club.

However, there’s one player in the squad, who although has been blighted with knee injuries, could be a crucial player for Sunderland, Duncan Whatmore.

The Verdict

Since breaking onto the scene, two years ago, Whatmore’s career with Sunderland has plummeted. At first a bright, young, direct force in Sunderland’s team, his career has matched Sunderland’s rapid drop as two serious knee injuries have stopped him from returning for any long period of time. The winger managed 14 games in Sunderland’s final season in the Premier League, the following year he managed just six. During those two injuries, he missed 67 games according to Transfermarkt.

In the upcoming season, the 24-year-old will need to be cautious with his recovery. Although he travelled out with the team for their pre-season training in Portugal, he is yet to join the main group. If he can get back fit not long after the beginning of the season, he could be crucial in Sunderland’s promotion campaign.

As it stands, Ross doesn’t have a wealth of options to chose from up front. Wahbi Khazri looks set to depart the club, thus Whatmore is going to be needed to fill his shoes. On his day, Whatmore is an absolute pain to defend against. He’s quick, direct and doesn’t give the defence a chance to stay on the ball for long. Although only 24, his experience of playing at the highest level could be a key factor in helping the new manager bed in his new side.

How much of a loss has Whatmore been Sunderland fans? 

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