The Black Cats fans in the Transfer Tavern are frustrated by Sunderland’s annual battle with relegation and are hoping for big changes in the future.
Sunderland have had a poor season in the Premier League, spending the campaign once again looking nervously at the prospect of relegation and Championship football for 2017/18.
The influx of ‘experienced’ players like Joleon Lescott, Steven Pienaar, John O’Shea and even Jermain Defoe epitomises the kind of short term strategy that has undermined Sunderland for so many years. An over-reliance on loan deals has left the team lacking cohesion and continuity.
Our landlord believes that David Moyes must focus on their academy, the same academy that spawned England international and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson a few years ago and more recently the impressive young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
So, how could the Sunderland XI shape up in five years time? Using his famed crystal ball, our landlord takes a look…
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