Browning joins Galloway at the Stadium of Light
Sunderland have now announced the signing of Tyias Browning from Everton, linking up with his Goodison teammate Brendan Galloway. The duo arrive on season-long loan deals.
The pair of Toffees' defenders become the first captures of the summer for new Black Cats boss Simon Grayson.
Brendan Galloway is a 21-year-old defender who can cover at centre-half or left-back. He has represented England at youth level, including three outings for the England Under 21s. Galloway started his career at MK Dons, alongside England star Dele Ali.
Tyias Browning can also play in the centre of defence but doubles as a right-back. Browning, a Merseyside native, rose through Everton’s youth system. Like Galloway, he has represented England at youth level.
With both now confirmed as occupying two available loan spaces in the Sunderland squad, what options remain open to Grayson and who else might we expect?
The growing impact of Premier League loanees in the Championship
Championship clubs have benefited enormously from the loan system in recent years and with a growing trend of Premier League big boys stockpiling talent to farm out to the lower divisions in order to aid their prospects' development, it will only continue.
Many sides in the second-tier last season had a Premier League player or two on loan. Some have become well-known and coveted by others as a result.
Tammy Abraham has made the step up to the top division for the upcoming campaign after a successful temporary stint with Bristol City last season. The Chelsea-owned striker will turn out for Swansea in the Premier League from August.
Tom Lawrence is another who was a huge success in the second-tier on loan last season. The 23-year-old was at Ipswich from Leicester and such were his displays in the Championship that they have subsequently priced the Tractor Boys out of a permanent move for the attacking player.
Aaron Mooy also impressed last term in the old Second Division with his displays for Huddersfield from Manchester City as did Izzy Brown from Chelsea, with both aiding the Terriers to promotion into the Premier League.
Loan rules in the Championship
So there is plenty of recent precedent to suggest Sunderland loaning younger players from the Premier League can only add to the breadth and quality of the team. That's even more so with the sheer volume of games played in the EFL where squad resources are tested as much a side’s quality. So how many more could we get in?
Loan rules in the Championship are a little freer than in the Premier League. There are no upper limits on how many individuals can be brought in temporarily to the squad, though matchday line-ups are restricted to five loan players.
Teams in the second-tier are limited to bringing in four loanees from any one club and no more than two are allowed from the same team aged over the age of 23.
So who's available?
So, with Tyias Browning aged 23 and Brendan Galloway just 21, Sunderland can still flesh out this squad with a few more Evertonians to continue David Moyes' legacy from last season. Two more youngsters plus an experienced pro could arrive from Goodison yet on loan, though of course we jest.
It's probable that the notion of deals for Browning and Galloway was discussed as part of the deal for the sale of Jordan Pickford and Sunderland and Everton certainly have an ongoing dialogue which has continued since Moyes' tenure.
Simon Grayson will likely bring in a couple more temporary assistants to the Stadium of Light yet. But who knows what delights await and there are some tantalising prospects who are ready to leave their parent clubs on loan who have yet to get deals tied up.
Chelsea's 'youth farm' has players ready to be released each summer but further afield, the likes of Regan Poole and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson will be encouraged to leave Manchester United on loan for next season. The former is a centre-half who has already experienced lower league football with Newport and the latter is a left-back who endured a disappointing campaign with Wolves last season and will be keen to put it behind him.
Arsenal are said to be open to allowing No.10 Jeff Reine-Adelaide and defender Krystian Bielik, who was at Birmingham last season, the chance to develop further outside of the restricted first team chances at the Emirates.
And at Manchester City, following last season's mixed-bag that was Jason Denayer, Pep Guardiola will be looking to get other starlets out to experience first team football, including Academy Player of the Year, midfielder Paolo Fernandes; striker Lukas Nmecha - who scored a goal every other game for the Etihad U23's last season; and centre-back Cameron Humphreys who is ripe for testing himself against Championship target-men.
Such loan deals tend to spring up without warning and organically as and when opportunities present, so it can be tricky to predict who or what might arrive next. But that's all part of the fun.