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Sunderland’s current squad is a tough gig

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distraction of the Euros is over, the one cloud obscuring the view of Sunderland’s transfer activity so far along with the make-up of our current squad has lifted and come into full view. As we’d finished dissecting last season on the end of season Roker Rapport Podcast following the Lincoln semi-final second leg in May, we moved on to briefly speculate how we thought the summer might pan out. My thoughts we that we’d have a completely different outlook in terms of the way Lee Johnson would want us to set up, and that to do this we would need ideally need to have at least the nucleus of his squad together as we began our planned pre-season friendlies. As it stands, we have at my count, 19 players who I’d consider to be part of a first-team squad - that includes Dan Neil, Benji Kimpioka plus one of Jacob Carney or Anthony Patterson as a second goalkeeper - who all aren’t expected to have a huge part to play this coming season...