Sunderland will once again enjoy another season in the Premier League next season following another great escape. After picking up three wins and three draws in their last six games they managed to beat the drop by two points with Sam Allardyce’s relegation magic working once again. Sunderland will certainly not want to be fighting for survival again next season and will look to push on for a top 12 finish at least. Big Sam will be in the market this summer to ensure they avoid being in the same situation and we look at three players Sunderland could sign in the coming months.
1 – Charlie Taylor
Sunderland have been linked with natural left back Charlie Taylor since the end of the season and now according to the Chronicle they have officially made an enquiry about the 22-year-old.
Taylor had another promising season for Leeds United and his talent shone through in an average season for the club. The Black Cats are desperate to boost their squad this summer to avoid another relegation battle next season and Taylor has emerged as a genuine target.
Patrick Van Aanholt managed to be the bright spark in a dull season for Sunderland, and they’re monitoring Taylor with a view to adding back-up to their prized defender. Van Aanholt who was a key player in Sunderland’s survival played 33 games last season and managed an impressive score of 2 tackles per 90 minutes which just beats Taylor’s score of 1.55. With English football known to be the most physical, aerial duels is a key asset to being a strong defender. Taylor has won 1.61 aerial duels which puts him ahead of Van Aanholt scoring just 0.42, this is a clear weakness for the Sunderland defender. Another clear strength for Taylor is his interceptions, and this will impress the interested club Sunderland. Taylor has managed 2.92 interceptions per 90 minutes which blows him out of the water compared to Van Aanholt who manages 1.85. Another stat that will really impress Sunderland is the amount of forward passes Taylor makes per 90 minutes. Being positive on the ball and looking to go forward from the back will really catch the eye of interested suitors and Taylor has made 26.39 forward passes which once again outshine Van Aanholt’s score of 18.91.
Sunderland would have to fight for the signature of Taylor with Manchester United thought to have made an enquiry for the defender in January. Arsenal and Liverpool are also being credited with an interest in Taylor.