This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Sunderland are reportedly keen on signing Aberdeen’s Ross McCrorie ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, according to The Daily Record.
McCrorie signed for Aberdeen permanently in February 2021, after catching the eye with some strong performances on loan for the Scottish side in the 2020/21 season.
He has made 35 appearances this term for Aberdeen, as they finished fourth in the Scottish Premiership under the management of Stephen Glass.
A move to Sunderland could tempt McCrorie as well, with the Black Cats finishing this year’s campaign fourth in League One table.
Lee Johnson’s side are set to take on Lincoln City in their play-off semi-final, as they look to take a sizeable step towards achieving promotion back into the Championship.
We ask our Football League World writers what they make of Sunderland’s interest in signing McCrorie this summer, and whether he’d be a good addition to Lee Johnson’s side or not.
I could see this being a really smart signing.
McCrorie did well on loan at Portsmouth and showed he can play in a number of positions, whether that be as a holding midfielder or in defence.
You look at Sunderland’s current team and they are likely to want to strengthen the spine of their squad, with Dion Sanderson only there on loan and Grant Leadbitter is getting older.
McCrorie is at a good age where he will only get better, and it looks to be a positive direction in which Sunderland are looking to head in recruitment wise.
Get it done.
I think he could be.
He’s a player I personally like having seen him feature for the likes of Rangers and Portsmouth and I think for the right club he could be a really big hit in the middle of the park.
There’s no reason to really suggest to me that he couldn’t be a success at Sunderland and I think for the money you’re potentially taking about it’s certainly worth a go.
He’s of an age where he should only get better under a manager like Lee Johnson and so if it happens he could prove to be a real success on Wearside.
Which eight players have never scored a goal for Sunderland?
He’s a player who impressed me a lot when he was at Portsmouth and I think he is fully equipped to thrive in the Football League.
His versatility also makes him an interesting potential signing for the Black Cats, who have had to deal with a lot of injuries this season, particularly in defence.
It would be interesting to see if he’d be tempted to move back to English football, as he did seem to really embrace it during his time at Fratton Park.
When you add in the fact that he’s still 23 too, this signing would make a lot of sense for Sunderland and would strengthen their options in midfield.