Sunderland started the 2013/2014 season under charge of Paolo Di Canio, and after an awful start and the eventual appointment of Gus Poyet, Sunderland were left with a mountain to climb.
They looked to have lacked the cutting edge that was needed and were very close to losing their Premier League status. Fortunately, a terrific end to the campaign with draws and wins against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea amongst others saw them retain their position in the top flight. Sunderland also managed to go on a run all the way to the Capital One Cup Final, albeit losing 3-1 to Manchester City.
STAR MAN – Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson joined Sunderland in August 2012 and last season he managed to find the back of the net 8 times, whilst also supplying an assist 6 times over the campaign. Johnson’s threat in set pieces also makes him one of the main goal threats in Sunderland’s team and if they cannot sign Borini, he may end up being their main source of goals. Johnson’s price this season is £6.5m which is somewhat consistent with last season’s final price of £6.4m. Lets just hope his form is just as good.
HIDDEN GEM – John O’Shea
The Sunderland captain moved to the Wearside in 2011 after spending his whole career at Manchester United. O’Shea himself can play on any position across the back four, and has a vast amount of experience that he brings to the team. Last season he appeared 32 times in the league, including 1 goal, and was a vital part of their survival. It should also be noted that with the safe hands of Mannone behind him, he is always in contention for that elusive clean sheet bonus.