Following another terrible relegation campaign, over the summer, there was a lot of change at Sunderland.
Stewart Donald took over the club and appointed St Mirren manager, Jack Ross, while also conducting a huge overhaul of the squad.
Lamina Kone and Paddy McNair were both sold, while Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji have been sacked from the club. In terms of incomings, Donald brought in Bradford City hotshot, Charlie Wyke, Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Luke O’Nien, and Max Power to name just a few.
What’s been impressive about The Black Cats this season is Ross’ use of youngsters Josh Maja and Lynden Gooch. Maja especially has been superb and so far this season, he’s been one of the best forwards in the league and has scored nine goals in 14 games.
Gooch has been another star player and the attacking midfielder has registered seven assists this season.
Another youngster who’s also impressed at the club has been 17-year-old midfielder, Bali Mumba who has signed his first professional contract with the club today.
The England Under-18 midfielder made his first-team debut for the club last season and has gone on to feature three times for the League One outfit this year. He’s also been included on the bench seven times in the league and has already shown that he could be a star of the future for Sunderland.
The defensive midfielder showed immense maturity during his three games with the club and in him, it looks as though Ross has a long-term midfielder for his Sunderland project.
Thoughts Sunderland fans?