May 27, 2024

FLW examines the potential departures from the Stadium of Light this summer, focusing on players who could command a transfer fee. Despite being play-off semi-finalists last season and contenders for a top-six finish this term, Sunderland has smoothly reintegrated into Championship life.

The era of Tony Mowbray has faded, and while Amad Diallo’s presence in red and white is currently on hold, the Michael Beale tenure was a debacle. Nevertheless, with an array of promising young talents, the future looks bright for Sunderland. However, to sustain their upward trajectory, they may need to part ways with some players, attracting interest from various suitors.

Here, we analyze which members of Sunderland’s current squad could seek new opportunities elsewhere in the summer. Notably, players whose contracts expire at the end of the season are excluded from this assessment.

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  1. Jobe Bellingham: Following his brother Jude’s path, the 18-year-old midfielder has become a standout talent in the EFL since joining from Birmingham City. Despite Sunderland providing ample first-team opportunities, bigger clubs like Real Madrid and Newcastle United are circling, making his departure a possibility.
  2. Jack Clarke: Having endeared himself to the fans since his loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur, the 23-year-old winger’s permanent move to Sunderland has proven fruitful with impressive goal contributions. Interest from clubs like Lazio, West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Southampton indicates a potential departure.
  3. Aji Alese: Signed from West Ham in 2022, Alese’s time at Sunderland has been hampered by injuries, limiting his appearances. With just one year left on his contract, the center-back might seek more regular playing time elsewhere to avoid stagnation in his career.
  4. Pierre Ekwah: Another product of West Ham’s youth system, Ekwah has impressed as a commanding midfielder for Sunderland. Rumored interest from Premier League clubs like Crystal Palace and Fulham could lead to his departure if a significant transfer offer materializes.
  5. Elliot Embleton: With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Embleton’s injury woes and limited playing time at Derby County suggest his future lies away from Sunderland, despite his talent when fit.
  6. Dan Neil: At 22 years old with two years left on his contract, Neil has attracted attention from top clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur. While Sunderland would prefer to retain him, the allure of bigger clubs may sway his decision.

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