SAFC Survey: Supporters call for Liam Bridcutt to be shown the exit door

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Sunderland fans want to see transfer flop Liam Bridcutt shown the exit door at the Stadium of Light above anyone else this summer.

The 26-year-old polled the most votes cast by more than 1,300 Sunderland supporters in our end-of-season SAFC survey.

When asked who should the Black Cats offload before the new Premier League season kicks off, Bridcutt was way ahead of the chasing pack with more than 40 per cent of the vote.

His nearest rivals were Inter Milan loanee Ricky Alvarez – who the club want to send back to Italy – and striker Steven Fletcher, who has been linked with a switch to Celtic.

Both polled around 20% of the votes cast by fans disappointed with their efforts last campaign.

Fans, though, could not agree over which area of the squad they want to see strengthening the most – although they did agree that the goalkeeping department is the strongest at the club.

Four out of 10 fans see improving the defence as a key priority, with 24% insisting the midfield is the area that Dick Advocaat, Lee Congerton and Ellis Short should be focusing their recruitment on.

Sunderland struggled for goals all of last season, netting just 31 goals in the Premier League on their way to a disappointing 16th-placed finish.

And more than a third of fans believe bolstering their attacking options is the way forward.

There was no great surprise when it comes to what Sunderland supporters voted their highlight of the season.

The derby wins over fierce rivals Newcastle United polled an overwhelming 57% of votes cast, with the survival display against Arsenal at the Emirates second, with around a quarter of votes.

The arrival of Advocaat – who steered the club to safety in his nine-game spell in charge – was third.

Sadly, there were a few more lowlights to choose from. And the votes were spread across a range of options including the style of football under Gus Poyet (19%), the FA Cup defeat to Bradford City (13%) and the 8-0 hammering at Southampton (22%).

No surprise (given the amount of fans who streamed out of the stadium) that the “biggest lowlight” of the season were the embarrassing home defeats to Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

We complete our SAFC survey in tomorrow’s Echo – find out which of the young stars should be given a chance in the first team.

* See today’s Echo for detailed results on your answers