We saw glimpses of what Aiden McGeady can do last season. He scored some important goals and in most matches he played, McGeady was one of our most threatening distributors of the ball.
The Irishman didn’t always look on top of his game and many argue that he could have done a lot more last season, especially given his career record. Despite this overall underwhelming campaign just gone, Aiden will have the chance to be a standout player next season.
His creative edge and ability will be able to put him streets ahead of other wingers in the division and he is a player whom full backs won’t relish the prospect of facing. If we can get strikers who know how to be in the right place at the right time, then McGeady will give them plenty of chances to fill their boots.
American Lynden Gooch may not be a local lad, but he’s made his home on Wearside. There was a lot of argument for Gooch to be given a chance in our abysmal Championship side last season and he deservedly got it. In fact, he was an important part of the midfield for a substantial portion of the campaign. Gooch appeared 24 times, bagging his first league goal in a 2-1 defeat to Cardiff.
In League One, he can go from a player who was drafted in along with several other academy players to plug the gaps in the first team squad to be an important part of a midfield gunning for a return to the Championship at the first time of asking.
Gooch is a classy player, good on the ball and a quick turn of pace makes could him an all-round midfield maestro. We’ll have a good number of central midfield players but the Unites States international deserves to at least start of the campaign in that position.
The third winger/attacking midfielder in this trio of key players for League One is perhaps one of the unluckiest footballers to ever play for Sunderland. Duncan Watmore has endured awful ligament injuries in his short career each time he has fought his way back to fitness and this coming season could be the biggest of Watmore’s time as a footballer so far.
He was only able to make 6 appearances last season, but his enthusiasm and energy made him a tricky customer in most of the 37 matches he played in the Premier League. It will take a few matches for ‘Roadrunner’ to get back to his best, but he will relish playing in the third tier as much as we should be looking forward to watching him.
Very few League One defenders will have the pace to keep up with Watmore and he will be an important part of a midfield selection which looks to have strength in depth.