RECAP: Chris Young on Sunderland breaking records and the futures of Will Buckley and Duncan Watmore

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat keeps an eye on his players in training
Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat keeps an eye on his players in training
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Does Will Buckley have a future at Sunderland? Will Duncan Watmore be loaned out? Will Costel Pantilimon be fit for the new season?

Our SAFC reporter Chris Young - who is exclusively covering the club’s tour of North America - has been busy answering your questions.

Re-live our live Q&A by clicking here.

It has been a big week for the Black Cats with the signings of Dutch winger Jeremain Lens and defender Younes Kaboul - both of who have jetted out to meet up with Dick Advocaat’s squad in the US.

And Sunderland fans quizzed Chris online about the latest developments via our Q&A.

Here is a selection of the best questions:

Sunderland players warming up over in America

Sunderland players warming up over in America

Joe Smith (@Joecsmith11), via Twitter, asked whether the club would be making any bids of £10million plus for players this summer?

CY: Think there’s still a few quid flying around. They saved £4m or so on getting Kaboul rather than Lombaerts, while there was money allocated for Downing too before he made it clear he wanted to go to Boro. So it’s possible. All depends on the player. No use spending money for the sake of it. Club has done that plenty in the past.

One Sunderland fan wanted to know whether Romanian stopper Costel Pantilimon would be fit for the start of the season?

CY: He was diving around without any problems when I went to watch training yesterday so it shouldn’t be a problem. Think we’ll see him in some of these upcoming friendlies.

Gomez still not in full training though.

David Carter (@dcarterr4), asked: How much do you think our budget is for this transfer window?

CY: Get the impression there’s a few more quid flying around than last summer. I think Ellis Short trusts Dick Advocaat to spend more wisely than previous managers. And Short agrees with Advocaat that the club have needed some quality new additions who immediately improve the starting XI.

Manchester United are willing to let Jonny Evans go and Michael Lough (@mickylough95) asked whether there is any chance he would be returning to SAFC?

CY: No, that’s it for the centre-halves after Kaboul signing. Think it’s probably it for defenders too after the Matthews signing. I’m surprised more clubs haven’t gone for Jonny Evans. But Dick Advocaat has very much been looking for a centre-half who is big, strong, physical and quick. That’s why they moved for Kaboul after Lombaerts fell through.

JD asked whether Will Buckley still has a future at the club?

CY: I don’t think he’ll play a prominent role under Advocaat. If the club receive a suitable offer which sees them get most of their money back, I expect him to go.

But they don’t just want to loan out Bridcutt or Buckley for no return.

JD also asked whether Duncan Watmore will be loaned out this season?

CY: Think these upcoming friendlies are particularly crucial for Watmore.

There’s obviously been a clamour for his inclusion, but Dick didn’t think he was ready last season. He has to show he can mix it in the Premier League. Club were not willing to loan him out last season anyway.

John McKee (@johnniethewad) asked: As we are desperate for an attacking, box-to-box midfielder, why do you think we did not at least try to sign Wijnaldum?

CY: Not sure. Told they were definitely not in for him, despite the speculation.

Seems like it was his agent trying to get Newcastle to force their hand. Dick knows him well from PSV though, so maybe he thought he wouldn’t fit into what he wanted?

Lex ‏@lex1ngtons was desperate to know whether Sunderland will break the club’s transfer record in this window, landing a top attacking midfielder?

CY: All depends on whose available. As I said earlier, have to judge player by ability, not price tag.

And finally, Chris, do you like the new green away strip?

CY: It’s very Robin Hood, but yeah I do.

Better than the yellow one from a couple of seasons back!

Sunderland have already been beaten by Sacramento Republic on their tour and next up for the Black Cats are games against Club de Futbol Pachuca (3.30am GMT time on Saturday) and Toronto FC next week.

You can watch the match LIVE by clicking here.