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Sunderland celebrate Ross Stewart's Wembley goal

The Sunderland end-of-season player grades and what they tell us about the summer ahead

Sunderland ended another rollercoaster season in League One with an exhilarating play-off final over Wycombe Wanderers.

By Phil Smith
Friday, 27th May 2022, 12:10 pm

The Black Cats made an excellent start to the campaign but two severe dips in form either side of a promising festive period left their promotion hopes in significant doubt heading into the final weeks of the campaign.

But under Alex Neil the team’s defensive deficiencies were addressed impressively, and they went on to produce one of the most memorable weekends in the club’s modern history.

Sunderland’s squad changed considerably through both transfer windows, with significant changes by the time the club arrived at Wembley last weekend.

With that in mind, we’ve graded every senior player to make a significant number of league or Carabao Cup appearances to track the story of the campaign, and also to get a sense of who might have a big role to play in the next stage of the club’s development.

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