Ellis Taylor in action during Sunderland's pre-season campaign

Meet the next generation of Sunderland talent who could get a big opportunity in the Papa John's Trophy

Sunderland begin their Papa John's Trophy campaign at Lincoln City on Tuesday night and Lee Johnson is preparing to make changes.

Monday, 4th October 2021, 4:03 pm

That was always going to be the case given that Sunderland' s clear priority is League One promotion, but an early run in the Carabao Cup only heightens the need to protect some senior players.

At Sincil Bank there will be a blend of senior and U23 players, with a number of the former away on international duty.

Elliott Dickman's side also play an important league game against West Brom on Monday night, meaning there is a need to find a balance to ensure both teams are competitive.

There will undoubtedly be chances for a good core of his group, however, and those openings could yet increase significantly in the remaining group games.

So with that in mind, we run you through a (not exhaustive) guide to some fo the players you could see feature...

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