The Black Cats managed to secure a top 6 finish, in just their first season back in The Championship, after 4 years down in League One.
So, should Sunderland set their targets high and go for promotion back to the Premier League, or should they aim to stabilise themselves in the Division first?
Some big teams came down from The Premier League, meaning that, despite last year’s season being so competitive, this year could be even more, with the likes of Southampton, Leeds and former Premier League champions, Leicester City.
Usually, you would say that a team needs to spend big to be able to compete at the top of the table, but Sunderland’s recruitment last season was extremely smart and promising despite spending so little, and that allowed Sunderland to achieve the highest finish for a newly promoted side in just over a decade.
At this moment in time, Sunderland look set to sign, 17-year=old midfielder Jobe Bellingham from Birmingham City and, 19-year-old striker, Luis Semedo from Benfica, so it looks as though the plan is still the same, as it should be.
In my opinion, why not?!
We loved last season that we can compete with any team in this division, and our squad of young, talented players play a very exciting and satisfying style of football.
If we can keep our best players, keep Ross Stewsrt fit and somehow replace Amad Diallo, then there is no reason as to why we can’t aim to compete at the top end of the table.
However, for now, I am just hoping that we don’t do a Huddersfield and drop off the following season, but I have full faith in the lads and Tony Mowbray!