How Sunderland’s team could look next season if these transfer rumours are true

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With transfer speculation in full swing, Sunderland have been linked with a host of big-name signings as they prepare for another assault on League One.

But how could Jack Ross’ starting line-up look if the rumours turn out to be true? Using a 4-4-2 formation, and excluding players that may leave the Stadium of Light this summer, we take a look at how Sunderland’s team could look if they sign the players they’ve been linked with:


While the Black Cats have been linked with other stoppers, its unlikely that anyone coming in would take the number one jersey from McLaughlin after his stunning 2018/19 campaign.

While the Black Cats have been linked with other stoppers, its unlikely that anyone coming in would take the number one jersey from McLaughlin after his stunning 2018/19 campaign.




Sunderland are one of a number of clubs linked with the versatile Bolton youngster - who could prove a more natural fit at right-back. Burnley are thought to be close to a deal for Brockbank, though.

Sunderland are one of a number of clubs linked with the versatile Bolton youngster – who could prove a more natural fit at right-back. Burnley are thought to be close to a deal for Brockbank, though.




The Black Cats may have suffered from a shaky defence last season, but Flanagan was arguably the standout performer in terms of centre backs.

The Black Cats may have suffered from a shaky defence last season, but Flanagan was arguably the standout performer in terms of centre backs.




Portsmouth and Oxford are also reportedly keen on the Charlton centre back, who is drawing admiring glances from Sunderland. His experience could prove vital.

Portsmouth and Oxford are also reportedly keen on the Charlton centre back, who is drawing admiring glances from Sunderland. His experience could prove vital.




The Sunderland youngster showed his quality towards the end of the 2018/19 campaign and will now look to stamp his authority on the first-team picture.

The Sunderland youngster showed his quality towards the end of the 2018/19 campaign and will now look to stamp his authority on the first-team picture.




Peterboorugh chairman Darragh MacAnthony remains insistent that Maddison wont be on the move this summer - but that hasnt stopped the Black Cats from being linked.

Peterboorugh chairman Darragh MacAnthony remains insistent that Maddison wont be on the move this summer – but that hasnt stopped the Black Cats from being linked.




The Sunderland skipper looks set to be a mainstay in Jack Ross side once again next season - adding some energy to the engine room.

The Sunderland skipper looks set to be a mainstay in Jack Ross side once again next season – adding some energy to the engine room.




Despite playing at right-back for most of last season, Sunderland fans are calling for a return to midfield for ONien. Could we see that next season?

Despite playing at right-back for most of last season, Sunderland fans are calling for a return to midfield for ONien. Could we see that next season?




Released by Middlesbrough this summer, Downing has been heavily linked with the Black Cats - while Blackburn Rovers remain keen too.

Released by Middlesbrough this summer, Downing has been heavily linked with the Black Cats – while Blackburn Rovers remain keen too.




Another in-demand name, Marquis has been linked with a move to the Stadium of Light ever since a January move failed. A deal could be re-ignited this season.

Another in-demand name, Marquis has been linked with a move to the Stadium of Light ever since a January move failed. A deal could be re-ignited this season.








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