Sunderland fans are feeling positive this season
Believe Sunderland have a realistic chance of winning a trophy
Sunderland fans are presently mostly feeling Hope
Sunderland's fans table estimates averaged a placing of 7.5
87% of Sunderland fans are happy with the team's current management
Sunderland fans want to see a Striker transfer
Are satisfied with Sunderland's recruitment so far this summer
Jack Clarke / Undisclosed / Tottenham
Clarke fluctuated between inspirational, creative midfielder and frustrating, luxury player when on loan at Sunderland last season but the club hope they can unlock more of his undeniable potential now he's got a stable home. 3/5
Daniel Ballard / Undisclosed / Arsenal
The centre-back did well on loan at Millwall last season and is adapt at playing in a three-man defence if Sunderland want to go down that route. 3/5
Leon Dajuka / Undisclosed / Union Berlin
The tricky German winger divided opinion amongst Sunderland fans when on loan last season and will need to show more to justify the club's decision to sign him permanently. 2/5
Aji Alese / Undisclosed / West Ham
The 6ft 4in centre-back was very highly thought of at West Ham and had caught the eye with his pre-season performances. Strong in the air and quick across the ground, he looks a solid edition that will only improve with first-team experience. 4/5
Ellis Simms / Loan / Everton
The 21-year-old striker has done well in previous loan spells at Blackpool and Hearts, scoring seven times in 21 games in Scotland, and is a nice complimentary piece to Ross Stewart. 3/5
Free / Hibernian
Free / Northampton
Free / MK Dons
Loan / Hartlepool
Sunderland will approach the new season with plenty of confidence as they aim to build on a 16-game unbeaten sequence.
Sunderland scored seven penalties in League One last season. Only Oxford (eight) were more successful from the spot.
The Black Cats racked up 16 League One home wins last season which was the joint-highest in the division alongside Sheffield Wednesday.
Only Wigan's Will Keane scored more League One goals than Ross Stewart last season.
There is a sizeable gap in quality between League One and the Championship, but Sunderland are a huge club and should be able to flourish on their return to the second tier. The Black Cats have a decent manager, Alex Neil, and a reliable striker, Ross Stewart, who could be bound for a top-flight future. Investment will be needed, but a few shrewd moves could see Sunderland pushing for a playoff place.
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