Sunderland managed to convey an finish to their four-year stint in League One on the finish of final season as they managed to win promotion again to the Championship via the play-offs.
One determine that performed a big half within the Black Cats’ promotion is Ross Stewart, who performed extra minutes within the league final season than anybody else on the Wearside membership.
As the one participant to characteristic in all 46 league video games previous to the play-offs, the striker ended up scoring 24 targets in whole, leaving solely Will Keane (26) with extra targets scored in League One.
With Alex Neil’s facet having began their marketing campaign with a 1-1 draw towards Coventry Metropolis the place they spent the vast majority of the sport in entrance of their opponents, the remaining weeks of the summer season switch window might give the Black Cats the prospect so as to add some additional firepower to their facet.
One participant that has been talked about with a transfer to the Stadium of Mild that would not solely strengthen Sunderland’s squad but additionally give Neil the prospect to kind a scary duo alongside Stewart is Matthew Hoppe.
After beginning his profession in his house nation of America, the striker joined Schalke’s U19 squad the place he went on to attain 12 targets in 60 appearances for the German membership throughout their youth and senior sides.
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The earlier summer season switch window noticed the 21-year-old make a transfer to Spain to hyperlink up along with his present membership Mallorca, who paid a reported payment of €3m (£2.5m) to signal him.
With just one begin in 5 La Liga appearances final season, this might make a transfer to England to affix an enormous membership like Sunderland a tempting one for the younger centre-forward.
To additional spotlight what kind of participant he’s, soccer expertise scout, Jacek Kulig, described him as a “full” ahead, in addition to together with his ending, intuition, heading, hold-up play, off-the-ball motion, composure and ambidexterity as Hoppe’s major strengths.
Taking his earlier goalscoring efforts in Germany and a hefty listing of strengths into consideration, it will not solely make him a really perfect addition to Sunderland’s squad, but additionally the right accomplice for Stewart.
That’s one thing that will absolutely strike worry into many opposition defences, thus giving the Black Cats an awesome likelihood of getting a profitable season within the second division.