What a season Sunderland are having.
After years of woe the Black Cats finally look like they’re set to give supporters something to cheer as they continue to challenge for promotion back to the Championship.
Lee Johnson’s side are firmly in the mix, and after winning the Papa John’s Trophy last month, confidence is high at the Stadium Of Light.
While the focus has to be on the club grinding out results over the coming weeks, attention is also turning to the summer transfer window with plenty of decisions still to be made.
Here’s the latest news to come from the Stadium Of Light.
Sunderland open talks over move for Dion Sanderson
The Black Cats have made contact with Wolves over a move for the defender, according to the Daily Mail.
Sanderson has been in wonderful form for Lee Johnson’s side this term having established himself as a regular in the Sunderland defence.
With the 21-year-old contracted to the Premier League side it means that they hold the cards with regards to his future, and given his growing reputation it seems unlikely that they’d allow him to leave on a permanent basis.
But Sunderland will be hoping that they can tempt Nuno Espirito Santo’s side into allowing him to leave on loan once again.
Denver Hume relishing challenge
The Sunderland full-back has revealed that he’s embracing the challenge of fighting for his place in the team.
Hume is competing with Callum McFadzean and Jake Vokins for his spot at left-back, but while others would shy away from the challenge, the academy prospect says that the competition is healthy.
As quoted by Chronicle Live, Hume said:,“It’s always good to have teammates to compete with for a place.
“It’s a challenge that pushes you to do well and keeps your performances to the highest standards possible.
“You want to make that shirt yours, and I think it’s healthy. If you look at our squad now, I think we have that depth and competition in every position, and it’s very useful for when you have injuries. Our central defensive area is a prime example with Bailey Wright, Tom Flanagan and Jordan Willis all out.
“With the number of games being played and the season as compressed and busy as it is, you need to have that cover all over the pitch.”
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Peterborough chief says Dreyfus will be delighted with Sunderland situation
Darragha MacAnthony believes that Sunderland’s contract uncertainty is ‘ideal’ for Kyril Louis-Dreyfus as he looks to make his mark on the club.
The Black Cats have a large number of players out of contract in the summer including several key players such as Max Power, Luke O’Nien, Denver Hume, Jordan Willis and Charlie Wyke.
But while decisions over these players could lead to uncertainty in the ranks, the Posh chairman believes that it is a positive for the Black Cats.
Speaking on the ‘Hard Truth: Inside the Football Industry’ podcast, MacAnthony said: “It’s brilliant for the new owners.
“If I was buying a club tomorrow I wouldn’t want to go in to one where there’s a load of players on two, three-year deals.
“As a new owner my job is tougher when there’s long contracts.
“When I bought Peterborough I knew there’s was X amount of players with a year left and it made things easier.
“The new owners are going to be going for it big time in the summer, it’s ideal in my opinion.
“You’ve also got players playing for the careers at the moment and that keeps them hungry and honest.
“You’ll have a scenario in the summer where Lee Johnson and the board can almost take out out a fresh page and say, ‘who are keeping, who do we want?’ I think it’s ideal for Sunderland.”