Football FanCast‘s EFL spy reckons that Ben Purrington should make the next step and play for a “big” club like Sunderland.
Purrington has been with Charlton for three seasons now but started less than half of their games in League One last season following stiff competition in the full-back areas.
He did make 32 appearances in all competitions but went through long spells in the campaign without featuring due to the form of Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen.
Meanwhile, Sunderland only have one recognised left-back in their squad in Denver Hume after Callum McFadzean was released at the end of last season.
And the EFL insider exclusively told Football FanCast that 25-year-old Purrington, who previously scored against Sunderland in a League One play-off final, would meet the requirements needed to become a successful full-back at the Stadium of Light:
“He was part of a late play-off push and has a good year of game time under his belt to go and play for a big club like Sunderland.
“He fits the hard-working full back type clubs look for, and he is a good size to win headers and defend his posts.”
Both Sunderland and Charlton are both expected to be fighting for promotion next season, which means Purrington is in a healthy position should the Black Cats come knocking.
But in Lee Johnson, Sunderland arguably have the best manager in the division and are expected to end their four-year stay in the third-tier, meaning it would be a no-brainer for the defender.