Our end of the season views continue, and today we're delighted to bring you the views of Martyn McFadden, editor, founder, creator of Sunderland's long serving, best selling and generally top draw on every front fanzine, A Love Supreme to get his views on the club this season.
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Anyway, here's Martyn's views on what's been an up and down season for the club...
Player Of The Season?
Martyn: I'd like to say Jack Colback, because he's been great, but on class alone I'm going with Sessegnon.
Young Player Of The Season?
Martyn: Again, I'd like to say Jack Colback, but I'm going with James McClean
Best Signing Of The Season?
Martyn: James McClean. Value and quality. I saw him play for the reserves v Manchester United and said to my mate "he's ready" ...Thankfully Martin O'Neill was there and thought the same and he debuted against Blackburn three days later!
Most Disappointing Player Of The Season?
Martyn: Sotirios Kyrgiakos. I'm not sure if he's really a footballer, because he doesn't look like one to me. Watch the Everton cup game again if you don't agree.
Goal Of The Season?
Martyn: Hard one... lots to choose from! For me, it's Seb Larsson v Blackburn Rovers, in terms of importance and last minute drama.
Game Of The Season?
Martyn: Really enjoyed Wigan Athletic away because of the group of people I was with, the goals, the atmosphere and the clenched fist to the SAFC fans from O'Neill at full time, but I'm going with Manchester City at home. There's nothing like a last minute winner against the richest club in the world to blow a New Year's Eve hangover out of your head, and also because I scared the little kid I sit in front of when I picked his dad up and shook him when Ji scored...
Who do you think Sunderland should be looking at buying this summer?
Martyn: A utility defender, another winger who can play both sides to act as respite for McClean and Seb and two forwards.
There's also talk of a clearout. Is there a player you think might not be as safe as they'd consider themselves?
Martyn: Everyone has their price, maybe Seb Larsson if we buy Aiden McGeady, who I'm told we will bring in, but would prefer to have both. I think O'Neill likes to play one up front with energetic goal scoring wingers and not sure Seb fits the bill, but I'd keep him for dead ball ability. That said we could get good money for him if he scores a few at the Euros and he cost us nowt, could be good business.
What was your personal highlight of the season?
Martyn: Martin O'Neill being appointed. I'm not alone, but I've wanted him here since Peter Reid left.
Do you think the improvement made under Martin O'Neill will continue into next season, and what should be the aim?
Martyn: Yes, I hope so. I'd like to finish in top five, but top eight is probably more realistic.
Many thanks to Martyn for providing his views to us, and make sure you get yourself a copy of A Love Surpeme at the next opportunity. It's in pretty much every newsagents in the North East. Follow along on Twitter too @ALS_Fanzine