There is a newfound sense of optimism at The Stadium of Light as Sunderland enter a new era.
They may have suffered back-to-back demotions from the Premier League to League One but a fresh dawn is upon them.
Owner Ellis Short has written off all the club’s debts and sold to Stewart Donald, while promising PFA Scotland Manager of the Year Jack Ross has taken over as the new boss.
Plenty of transfer activity is expected and the Black Cats need to add some creativity in midfield, especially if they lose George Honeyman.
Should they move for Nottingham Forest’s Jorge Grant? Here, FLW looks at his 2017/18 stats from his loan spell at Notts County and considers whether this is a wise move.
Grant was statistically one of the most dangerous players in the fourth tier last season.
The attacking midfielder’s tally of 16 goals and six assists in 47 games helped Notts County achieve a play-off spot, although they were beaten in the semi-finals by Coventry City.
With 62 shots on goal and 58 fouls drawn form opponents, it is easy to see why the 23-year-old was feared by League Two defenders.
Grant needs to iron out the inconsistencies in his game and as he matures, he will learn this.
Nottingham Forest are unlikely to use Grant in any capacity next season and he is too young for another loan deal so Sunderland should test their resolve by making a bid.
Grant is certainly good enough for League One and his attacking credentials would surely boost any promotion bid.
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