After two successive relegation campaigns, Sunderland have started the season in a much better fashion.
With Stewart Donald installed as the new chairman and Jack Ross as the new manager, Sunderland seem to be beginning an era where they may be some positivity for the club.
Although we’re only seven games into the new season, Sunderland currently sit fourth in the league.
Crucially, Donald handed Ross a raft of new signings in the hope of securing promotion back to the Championship. The Black Cats signed 12 new players over the summer, including League One hotshot Charlie Wyke and Wycombe Wanderers’ talented midfielder Luke O’Nien.
Bringing in new players was always going to be key for the club but so was shedding some of the deadwood from the squad. Lamine Kone, Paddy McNair, Wahbi Khazri and John O’Shea all departed the club. The only long-term players who the club didn’t manage to ship off are Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong. In what will come as great news for Sunderland fans, the club is now exploring the possibility of suing both players.
Djilobodji only returned last week but was scheduled to return to the club in August. Sunderland had tried to get rid of the centre-half over the summer but a move never materialised. Even more shockingly than his fellow teammate, Didier Ndong has failed to even return to the club.
Two years ago, this may have derailed a Sunderland side that was constantly fighting relegation. The mere fact that the club have taken such a strong stance against both the players and have continued to perform well on the pitch, shows that Sunderland are finally in reliable hands.
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