One figure, in particular, that played a rather significant part in the previous campaign having been brought in on loan last summer was Callum Doyle.
After joining on a season-long loan from Manchester City’s U23 squad, the centre-back went on to make 44 appearances for Sunderland across all competitions, chipping in with one goal and three assists.
In his 36 league appearances prior to the play-offs, the 18-year-old ended the campaign with more interceptions (48) than any other player in Alex Neil’s squad, as well as the second-highest number of tackles won (40).
This shows just how effective he was for the team at the back and how useful he was in terms of seeing the club get back to the Championship.
It also proves just how beneficial it can be to sign young players on loan from other clubs in England, giving them the chance to shine in the lower divisions.
Now that the Black Cats have their upcoming Championship campaign ahead of them, the club now has the chance, before the season kicks off, to bring in what could be their next version of Doyle.
Last month, it was reported that Sunderland are one of the club’s interested in securing a loan deal for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite.
After joining the Merseyside club back in the 2020 January transfer window, the centre-back had a loan spell in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers for a few months in 2021.
The youngster even impressed former Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti during his time in charge at Goodison Park, who had this to say about the defender: “He is always confident. He never loses control.”
Taking all of this into account, it’s safe to say that securing a deal for Branthwaite this summer would be a big coup for Sunderland and would give them a great chance of being successful in their upcoming season.