Joseph Owens: Pivotal summer ahead for Sunderland

Liam Bridcutt in action for Sunderland against Leicester City. Picture by FRANK REID
Liam Bridcutt in action for Sunderland against Leicester City. Picture by FRANK REID
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WITH a point on Saturday against Leicester City Sunderland look have all but secured their Premier League status once again.

Hull will more than likely be the side that joins QPR and Burnley in the exchange for Bournemouth, Watford and either Norwich or Middlesbrough.

Even though four teams have somehow picked up less points than Sunderland this season their squads have some rather attractive targets.

Danny Ings and Charlie Austin are two players which deserve Premier League football next season. With 27 league goals this season between them they will be hot property this summer. Speculation has already begun as to where these two will be spending next season with teams such as Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton all apparently interested, but why can’t Sunderland acquire a target like this?

If Ings or Austin go to a side like Liverpool or Spurs they’re going to be in direct competition with players like Daniel Sturridge and Harry Kane who in all fairness are better players. Sunderland could offer both players the guarantee of first team football and in return they would guarantee Sunderland goals.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Sunderland did lose a number of their squad this summer with Wes Brown’s contract expiring and more than likely a new manager wanting to shake things up.

The money Sunderland could gain over the summer by getting rid of the dead wood that has become nothing but a burden to the squad could contribute towards the fee of securing a player of Ings or Austin’s capabilities.

Even though Sunderland haven’t been continuous big spenders recently they thought the £10m investment of Jack Rodwell was feasible therefore why couldn’t there be a similar fee set towards finding a certified goalscorer? Particularly from sides like QPR and Burnley who will want to offload in order to survive financially.

This summer could prove pivotal in Sunderland’s aim to finally escape the relegation dog fight and actually establish themselves as a piece of Premier League furniture.

* This article was sent into the Echo by a reader for our new Black Cats eight-page supplement, titled The Roar! - which will be in the paper every Wednesday.

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