Sunderland close in on quartet as rebuild continues

According to Chronicle Live, Sunderland owner Steward Donald believes they are closing in on four new signings

What’s the Story?

Sunderland owner Steward Donald has tweeted to confirm the club are close to bringing four new players to the Stadium of Light. A centre back, central midfielder, and two forwards are close to signing according to the Black Cats Chairman. He also revealed one of the players has already signed on the dotted line.

The news comes after announcements that a string of players are set to leave the club. The Black Cats has accepted a bid from Middlesbrough for Paddy McNair,and Jason Steele is set to soon complete a move to Brighton & Hove Albion. Furthermore, a bid for Didier Ndong from Torino was accepted earlier this month.

A New Era for the Black Cats

The amount of outgoings for Sunderland certainly means Jack Ross will need plenty of new players if he is to achieve his objectives next season. A club of Sunderland’s stature will be expected to compete right at the top of the league, so the pressure is on Ross to make the right acquisitions and hail a new era for the club.

Sunderland need to make the right transfers this season, after a number of years of poor recruitment. Premier league has-beens such as John O’Shea and Darron Gibson have defined Sunderland in recent years, while signings such as James Vaughan, who completely failed to make an impact at the Stadium of Light, need to be cut out if the North East outfit are to achieve their aim of promotion back to the Championship at the second time of asking.

What do Sunderland need?

Out of the four signings, it might be wise to sign two players who have League One experience and know the level. Sunderland need to improve in all departments, in particular going forward, if they are to bring joy back to the Stadium of Light faithful.

A proven League One goalscorer must surely be on the radar for Jack Ross, such as AFC Wimbledon’s Lyle Taylor.