Free agent defenders.

Nine free agent defenders Sunderland could sign - including ex-Leed United, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest men

Sunderland have a worrying problem at full-back following a handful of injury setbacks to senior players.

Tuesday, 23rd November 2021, 1:26 pm

Dennis Cirkin, Niall Huggins and Denver Hume are all expected to be sidelined until the new year, leaving Black Cats boss Lee Johnson with a big dilemma.

The Sunderland boss deployed Luke O’Nien at left-back during the weekend’s 2-0 win over Ipswich, while Carl Winchester has been moved to right-back this campaign.

Still, Johnson has a concerning lack of options in that area with games starting to come thick and fast ahead of the winter months.

Johnson has admitted he could be forced to change his side’s formation to accommodate his lack of senior full-backs, while Sunderland could also explore the free agent market.

The Black Cats won’t be able to sign players from other clubs until January but could bring in players who aren’t under contract.

Here are nine players they could look at.

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