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Opinion: Sunderland must act quickly as race heats up for Everton man’s signature



Sunderland will be looking to establish themselves at Championship level next season after securing promotion to this division last month.

The Black Cats managed to seal a return to the second-tier by beating Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 in the League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium.

Alex Neil has already made some alterations to the club’s squad ahead of the summer transfer window as he opted against handing new deals to Aiden McGeady, Jordan Willis, Lee Burge and Arbenit Xhemajli who are all set to officially leave the club at the end of June.

Meanwhile, Jack Clarke, Callum Doyle, Thorben Hoffmann and Nathan Broadhead have all returned to their parent-clubs following the expiry of their loan deals.

As a result of his impressive performances for the club last season, Broadhead has unsurprisingly been linked with a permanent switch to the Stadium of Light.

According to Sunderland’s Sporting Director Kristjaan Speakman, the club have recently held talks with Everton over the possibility of reaching an agreement over the forward.

However, the Black Cats may now have to fend off competition from Wigan Athletic for Broadhead’s signing.

As per Liverpool World, the Latics are aiming to sign Broadhead on loan from the Toffees this summer.

If this report turns out to be true, Sunderland must act quickly in order to have the best chance of securing the forward’s services.

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During his loan spell at the club, Broadhead produced a host of promising performances in the third-tier as he illustrated that he is more than capable of delivering the goods at this level.

As well as scoring 10 goals in 22 league appearances, the forward managed to average a respectable WhoScored match rating of 6.81 at this level.

Whereas it may take Broadhead some time to adapt to life in the Championship due to the fact that he has yet to feature at this level during his career, there is no reason why he cannot go on to excel at this level under the guidance of Neil.

The 24-year-old will also be able to provide competition once again for Ross Stewart who managed to find the back of the net on 26 occasions for Sunderland last season.

When you consider that Everton are currently able to turn to Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for inspiration, Broadhead is unlikely to make any inroads on the club’s starting eleven later this year if he stays at Goodison Park.

Therefore, in order to further his development, the forward may find it beneficial to seal a permanent switch to Sunderland as he will be given the opportunity to feature regularly in the coming years.

By maintaining his fitness over the course of the upcoming term, Broadhead may be able to help the Black Cats achieve a relative amount of success in the second-tier.

Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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Article title: Opinion: Sunderland must act quickly as race heats up for Everton man’s signature

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