The Sunderland merry-go-round has been one of the great soap operas of Premier League football over the past few seasons, so it will be a particularly daunting challenge to hold the Black Cats’ job on a longer term basis.
Replacing Allardyce, you will find a squad that is short on quality and really does need additions throughout. Luckily, you have the goals of Jermaine Defoe to relay on, but, aside from that, the squad leaves a lot to be desired. With an extremely limited budget, your revenue from sales will be crucial and your investment must be shrewd.
One challenge will be to make sure that the defence isn’t a chocolate teapot, whilst hoping that Cattermole manages to avoid suspension; well, avoid some suspensions at least.
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Although you may struggle to obtain a work permit for this Brazilian star, it is well worth the minimal investment for the quality of player you will eventually have.
Sunderland’s squad is short of creativity in the final third and it is worth trying to get the work permit, for the chance to have a player of this potential feeding Defoe and Fletcher.
Amazingly, I managed to secure Lincoln (one of the best wonderkids on the game) as a Sunderland player on one of my saves.
The Brazilian playmaker won’t arrive until 2017, because of age-related rulings in Brazil, but he is likely to be one of your star players by that time.
At his best as a central playmaker, Lincoln can be added to your squad for as little as £300k and may help you turn Sunderland into a European side within a couple of seasons.
Clough will take up quite a chunk of your budget, but this Bolton youngster is guaranteed goals for your side. While Defoe remains as quality goal scorer, if you can get both the ex-Spurs man and this false nine firing, you may be able to make a charge for the top half.
Within a few seasons, Clough will have a finishing rating of above 15 and is capable of creating from the number 10 position once you decide you need to upgrade on Jordi Gomez.
Clough, if you structure a deal correctly, can be signed for around £5 million in the first season.
Despite his injury, Vlaar remains as one of the best centre-backs available to Sunderland.
By January, the knee problem will have cleared up and you will face a battle from several clubs to snap the ex-Villa man up on a free transfer.
His age might be an issue longer term, but Vlaar is a clear step up from your other defensive options and should help to limit the damage to your conceded column.
Tilley is another youngster who needs time and patience to become the player that you may desire.
As a wide man, Tilley is a decent cover option for Lens and Johnson, whilst probably having to step up to replace one of the two if you are forced to sell.
Bringing Tilley in from Brighton will cost you less than a million pounds, and he has the versatility to be the perfect player to have on your bench.