Sunderland have brought in three new faces at academy level, with Sam Wilding, Bobby Beaumont and Vinnie Steels all joining the under-23 side under Elliot Dickman.
The Black Cats’ academy sides had a torrid 2019/2020 season, with both the under-18 and under-23 sides unable to record a single win in their respective divisions.
Following such poor performances, Paul Reid left his role as academy manager, prompting speculation over the future of the Wearside club’s Tier 1 academy status and adding to a whole host of players who have left the academy setup in recent times.
As Sunderland seek to improve the under-23 squad, three players have now been signed ahead of the new season.
Steels was previously in Sunderland’s academy system and returns to the club after spells with Darlington, York City and Burnley.
This move by Sunderland is a welcome one. Whilst the talents of Wilding, Beaumont and Steels are relatively unknown, bolstering the under-23 squad is the right move after such a poor 12 months at academy level.
The club must now look to appoint an academy manager and potentially continue with further summer arrivals so that they can have solid foundations in place beneath the first team squad.
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