Sunderland were unable to put an indifferent run of form behind them on Saturday as they lost 1-0 away to Wycombe in Phil Parkinson’s first game in charge of the Black Cats.
Due to their inconsistency, Sunderland find themselves slipping further down the league and are now in 10th position after just two wins in their last six league games.
Parkinson has inherited a team struggling for goals and lacking a cutting edge in attack. Sunderland haven’t scored in their last two games and barely threatened Wycombe last time out with just seven shots on goal and one on target.
Some Sunderland fans will be disappointed with a number of players this season, such as Aiden McGeady, Grant Leadbitter and Jon McGlaughlin, who haven’t been performing to the standard they would expect.
There are also a number of youth prospects in the ranks at Sunderland who may be looking for a loan move away for further game time in January.
Here are two talents who may move on loan from Sunderland.
The 21-year-old centre back joined Sunderland from Swansea on a free transfer in 2018. Since then, he has made 26 appearances at under 23 level for Sunderland and now regularly captains the development side.
Bainbridge also made two appearances for the Black Cats in the EFL Trophy last season, but has only featured on the bench once this season for Sunderland.
Despite an being an impressive performer at under 23 level, Bainbridge is still yet to be given the chance at senior level so it may be time for the former Everton and Swansea youngster to look elsewhere for further first team opportunities.
Former Monaco youth player Williams Kokolo has been performing well for the under 23s at Sunderland this season and has put in a number of impressive performances, most recently in the Durham Challenge Cup.
The 19-year-old Frenchman moved to non-league Darlington on loan towards the end of last season and made nine appearances there so has first team, senior experience.
However, Kokolo is yet to make a first team appearance for the Black Cats and his recent form for the under 23s have seemingly not merited a call up to the first team yet.
Further first team opportunities for Kokolo would be beneficial as he possess pace and strength, which may be useful for a lower league side.
It doesn’t seem as though Kokolo will be receiving first team opportunities soon at Sunderland so a loan move would suit him at this stage.