Sunderland sporting director Kristjaan Speakman

Rating EVERY incoming Sunderland transfer sanctioned by sporting director Kristjaan Speakman - photo gallery

Sunderland’s sporting director Kristjaan Speakman was appointed back in December 2020.

In his nearly two years at the Academy of Light, the former Birmingham City man has overseen a radical overhaul of the club’s playing squad with the Wearsiders focusing on their academy, and buying young players to be nurtured and blooded in the first team.

It is a strategy that has produced results, with Speakman providing a squad that Alex Neil managed to brilliantly turn into promotion winners following Lee Johnson’s under-achievement.

However, with any recruitment strategy, there are pros and cons.

Indeed, Speakman has been criticised in some quarters for not providing Sunderland with enough depth, as evidenced by the injuries to Ross Stewart and Ellis Simms, leaving Tony Mowbray without any senior strikers.

Here, though, we drill down into every signing sanctioned by Speakman since his arrival at the club and rate them from one to ten.

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