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Passionate opinions straight from the hearts of die-hard Sunderland supporters.

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Are midfield issues hindering Sunderland’s strikers?

Much has been made of the struggles of our centre forwards this season, but as Mark Roberts writes, could the root cause of the problem lie elsewhere?

A Price Worth Paying?

"Ambition isn’t a singular ladder that you buy your way up. Things can be done differently and if you ask me, doing things the right way - the responsible way - stands to give us a far greater reward," writes Tom Albrighton.

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For Sunderland, patience is the watchword as we target Premier League promotion

There’s been huge progress made at Sunderland in recent times, but our January business was the subject of much discussion. Andy Thompson looks at both sides of the argument

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Sunderland’s young talents need our support, so let’s get behind them!

The likes of Abdoullah Ba and Adil Aouchiche have had stop-start careers in red and white so far, but as Mark Wood writes, they’ve all got the potential to make a huge impact for us

More than just a Model

"Sunderland's recent transfer history shows real hope for the future and merits our trust," writes Kev Campbell.

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Patience is finally paying off for Nazariy Rusyn at Sunderland

"The Ukrainian striker took a while to settle on Wearside, but he’s improving all the time and it’s a testament to his strength of character," writes Paddy Hollis.

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Tough day for Burstow

"Despite scoring in his previous appearance against Stoke City, the on-loan Chelsea striker found the going much harder and posed no threat at the Riverside," writes Phil West

Have Sunderland unearthed another gem in Norwegian Leo Hjelde?

Leo Hjelde made his debut for the club in the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at the weekend — what did you make of his first start?

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Matchday Musings: Sunderland ride their luck to nick a point against Middlesbrough

The Lads were able to grab a share of the spoils thanks to a late strike from Nazariy Rusyn on Sunday. Paddy Hayes delivers his verdict on a feisty Championship encounter

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Editorial: A point gained, but Sunday represented a very fortunate escape for Sunderland

Michael Beale would’ve been relieved to get out of town having avoided defeat at the Riverside Stadium, and it was certainly a point gained after a tricky afternoon

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Talking Points: A Riverside jailbreak as Rusyn saves a point for Sunderland!

Despite a woeful second half display, our Ukrainian striker was the hero as his late goal salvaged a draw against Middlesbrough. Phil West looks at the game’s main stories

The elusive proven goalscorer

"Whether you are #Bealein or #Bealeout, the early signs are that he is prepared to give the strikers we already possess more of an opportunity than his Revel-munching predecessor," writes Mike Stubbs.

The Meaning of Ambition

"No, we do not lack ambition — we encapsulate it," writes Damian Brown.

January transfer window review: Sensible building by Sunderland, or a missed opportunity? 

We’ll find out over the coming months...

Patience brings experience

"A clamour for experience is a common demand in football, and Sunderland sticking to the model is turning young players into experienced heads," writes Paddy Hollis.

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Pritch is gone - but I’m confident our young players will step up in his place

"While I wish Alex Pritchard all the best with his future, I am fully confident that the club and the other younger players will step up and prove this as the right outcome for both parties," writes Malc Dugdale.

Transfer Deadline Day: What’s the state of play at Sunderland AFC?

Well, it’s that time again — Deadline Day is here. What lies in store for Sunderland between now at 11pm tonight when the window slams shut?

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Will the dream reunion between Sunderland and Amad remain just that?

"Rumours are flying every which way about the possible return of Amad Diallo to Sunderland, but deep down, it always felt as though it wouldn’t happen," writes Paddy Hollis.

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Beating Boro would boost Beale’s Sunderland tenure

"Our record against the Teessiders is frankly lamentable, and as Beale looks for momentum, knocking over Michael Carrick’s team at the Riverside would be a huge fillip," writes Phil West.

Is Romaine Mundle any good? Spurs Podcast give us the lowdown on soon-to-be Sunderland winger

Sunderland were linked out of nowhere with a move for Standard Liege winger Romaine Mundle today - so to find out more about the former Spurs man, we spoke to John from The Lilywhite Rose Podcast.

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Luke O’Nien — two hundred and fifty Sunderland games... and counting!

"Signed from Wycombe in 2018 and now playing under his sixth permanent Sunderland boss, our captain has become an indispensable figure," writes Paddy Hollis.

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Alex Pritchard’s imminent Sunderland exit feels like an act of self-sabotage

Pritchard’s two-and-a-half year spell on Wearside looks to be at an end, but was he right to behave the way he did? Jonny Hawley offers his thoughts

Is Leo Hjelde any good? Rotherham & Leeds Podcasts fill us in on soon-to-be Sunderland signing

It looks like Sunderland are signing Norwegian defender Leo Hjelde — so, to find out more about him we spoke to ‘New York Talk’ and ‘Mighty Whites Pod’. Is he any good?

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A messy separation is a sad end for Sunderland and Alex Pritchard

"With the playmaker seemingly set to leave after withdrawing from contention for Saturday’s game against Stoke, it’s another unsavoury affair all round," writes Phil West.

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Talking Points: Sunderland relieve the anxiety as Stoke are beaten comfortably

At the end of another turbulent week for the club, the Lads rallied to see off the Potters with a 3-1 win on Saturday afternoon. Phil West looks at the day’s main stories

Matchday Musings: Sunderland ease the pressure on Michael Beale with a crucial victory

The Lads were able to mute the ‘outside noise’ on Saturday as they saw off Stoke City at the Stadium of Light. Paddy Hayes reflects on a much-improved display from Sunderland

Is going back to basics key to turning Sunderland’s form around?

Following some indifferent performances and results, Ewan Bowman believes a back-to-basics approach is needed.

Has the level of hatred shown towards Michael Beale online been harsh or fair?

The level of hatred towards Sunderland Head Coach from our supporters online is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, particularly this early into his reign — is it fair?

Is Callum Styles any good? Barnsley fan gives us the lowdown on potential Sunderland signing

It seems likely that Sunderland will sign Hungarian international Callum Styles from Barnsley - so to find out more about him, we chatted to the gang at top Tykes podcast ‘The Reds Report’. Is he any good?

ITHICS Fanzine: “Let’s not go back to the Ellis Short era”

"Some transparency is required, because the club is in danger of going back to the dark days of Ellis Short not caring and allowing the club to rot into obscurity," writes Nic Wiseman.

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Can Kristjaan Speakman fix the issues that are hampering Sunderland?

Speakman has crafted a squad with purpose and vision, and in the light of recent events, Tom Albrighton looks at whether the sporting director can oversee another turnaround in red and white fortunes

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Jack Clarke, Sunderland's latest centurion!

The winger made his one hundredth appearance for the Lads against Hull City on Friday night, and Gary Engel looks back over his time at the Stadium of Light so far

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