Sunderland to give up new arrivals and a promotion-focused approach for the academy’s standout defender, age 18

Sunderland to give up new arrivals and a promotion-focused approach for the academy’s standout defender, age 18

Sunderland will look to bump up some academy gems to the first team ranks soon.

After previously been mentioned as potential promotion candidates, Sunderland will be hoping that the

ending in a sorry 16th place in the final league standings.
Sunderland to abandon Fresh signings and focus on promoting 18-years-old academy star defender

The calm tone of the Wearside team right now is only exacerbated by the lack of movement on the transfer front

and the absence of significant updates regarding who will be in the dugout at the Stadium

of Light come next season.

Although the 37-year-old coach’s insistence on playing youthful talent at Sunderland paid off at times,

with 16-year-old Chris Rigg scoring another senior goal during his brief tenure, Mike Dodds‘ time as interim

manager came to an inevitable end following the final game.

When it comes to pushing more academy players into the first team, the next Black Cats manager could do

much worse than take advantage of the chance to spend big during transfer window shopping, especially since

one of the team’s brightest defenders might be primed for senior duty.

An Academy Award winner prepared to lead Sunderland

Oliver Bainbridge, who signed a new contract with Sunderland last year, was described as a “strong” defender

by Academy boss Robin Nicholls. At this point, he may be considered mature enough to be considered for first-

team opportunities.

The 18-year-old has recently been linked to a loan move away to Bradford City, although previous rumors also

suggested that he may join Sean Dyche‘s Everton in the Premier League. As such, he might be more suited to

Championship action at the Bantams rather than the lower echelons of the EFL.

Starring in the U18 and U21 squads for a while now, Bainbridge has scored nine goals from down the left flank

in 57 appearances for the U18s. This season, he has missed just four games in the Premier League 2.

The adolescent may now feel that he has outgrown the Black Cats’ youth setups, and given how effectively

players like Rigg have adapted to men’s football, he may be itching to be included in the next manager’s plans.

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