Revealed! Fan verdict on who stays and who goes as Sunderland squad undergoes revamp

Sunderland fans have given their verdict on who should stay and who should leave this summer - with supporters split over the future of Paddy McNair.

Wednesday, 20th June 2018, 3:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 11:11 am
Aiden McGeady.

We asked supporters to have their say with the Sunderland squad undergoing a major overhaul.

The likes of Lamine Kone, Papy Djilobodji and Wahbi Khazri are expected to depart as the club cuts its cloth accordingly ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Aiden McGeady.

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And Sunderland has offers on the table for Jason Steele from Brighton & Hove Albion and from Middlesbrough for McNair.

McNair ended 2017-18 with four goals in five games but Boro are now in pole position to land him after Brighton cooled their initial interest.

Fans were torn over his future in our Echo poll.

Just over half, 53 per cent, were in favour of him being sold to help the squad revamp, though 47 per cent felt Sunderland should build their team around him.

Jack Rodwell.

Elsewhere, an overwhelming 91 per cent were pleased that Steele looks to be on his way.

Fans were more divided over whether Robbin Ruiter should be sold, 66 per cent felt it was time for him to move on so the club could totally revamp the goalkeeping department.

But 34 per cent felt he deserved another chance, especially as he had a spell out injured last season with a dislocated finger.

Fans were, however, adamant they wanted to see the back of Trabzonspor-target Papy Djilobodji, with 93 per cent agreeing it was time to end his Sunderland spell.

Didier Ndong.

It was a similar story for Lamine Kone, with 87 per cent in favour of him being sold.

When it came to the full-backs, 73 per cent felt Adam Matthews could prove an important player in League One and wanted him to remain but 71 per cent wanted to see Sunderland cash in on left-back Bryan Oviedo.

Meanwhile, eight out of ten fans want Donald Love to remain and feel he could be first choice right back under Jack Ross.

An overwhelming 84 per cent wanted to see Lee Cattermole depart.

The 30-year-old has been at the club since 2009 and is the longest serving player but just 16 per cent of fans that took part in our poll want him to stay.

When it comes to flop Jack Rodwell, 96 per cent of supporters say his time is up and that Sunderland must find a way to get him off the books.

Rodwell became an outcast under Chris Coleman and his mammoth £40,000 a week wages - cut from £70,000 last season - are unsustainable in the third tier.

There has been reported interest from the MLS in the midfielder.

Academy product George Honeyman, on the radar of Sheffield Wednesday, was one of last season's few positives and 85 per cent want to see him stay.

Sunderland accepted a £6.6million bid from Torino for Ndong but the midfielder couldn't agree personal terms, yet 94 per cent of fans still hope to see the club record signing move on.

It is a similar scenario for Khazri with eight out of ten fans hoping the winger, currently playing for Tunisia in the World Cup, will be sold.

Aiden McGeady was snapped up for a bargain £250,000 but failed to set the Championship on fire and faces an uncertain future but 64 per cent hope he remains.

Fellow winger Callum McManaman will be a key player in League One under Ross according to 59 per cent of fans, with four out of ten in favour of him being moved on in a bid to freshen up the midfield options.

Sunderland fans were adamant they want to see teenage duo Josh Maja and Joel Asoro further their careers on Wearside. Eight out of ten supporters wanted them to stay.

They are both heading into the final year of their current deals and new contracts have been offered.