Even if Sunderland do manage to survive this season, Chris Coleman is sure to oversee a huge clear-out in the summer, with many players set to leave.
Whilst the problems at the top of the club have played a big part in this disastrous season, there’s no doubt that the players are seriously underperforming as well, particularly the more senior professionals.
Most fans would be open for a team full of young, hungry players who are desperate to play for the club and that could be the way to go next season.
However, you still need some experience in the squad and Brighton’s Steve Sidwell could be a smart signing.
The competitive midfielder is expected to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury and hasn’t managed to play at all for the Seagulls in their first Premier League campaign.
Therefore, it’s highly unlikely that Chris Hughton will offer the 35-year old a new deal.
Retiring may be an option but as our graphic shows, just last year Sidwell was making a big impression in the Championship and will feel as though he still has a lot to offer.
The midfielder may not be open to a move to League One should Sunderland go down, however playing a key role at such a big club could tempt him.
Having played in the top-flight for years, Sidwell could have the mentality and attitude to help guide the younger players as Sunderland look to start again in the summer.
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