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Are the Black Cats really going to League One?

It’s hard for every team when they get relegated from Premier League. Some have ambition to get back right away, but it depends a lot on owners and how much they spend. Sunderland is having a really hard time. They’ve got relegated from Premier League, they have lost their best players, and now they are struggling at a bottom of Championship, waiting for a miracle to happen in their hopes of survival.

These days, all news are often bad news for Sunderland fans. They don’t have a budget to bring proper signings, they have lost their top scorer Lewis Grabban, but bringing in Chris Coleman as their manager was actually quite a good news for Sunderland. Now at least they have the hope to survive, but is their squad good enough to compete in Championship?

Youngsters are the biggest hope for Sunderland?

It’s not a secret that Sunderland is losing their best players lately, and sometimes that can be a good thing. Lack of motivation has been one of the biggest problems for Sunderland this season, but in last few games that wasn’t the case. Youngsters played with passion, they were hungry for a win and they were full of confidence. Their lack of experience was perfectly replaced with desire to win and the fact that they actually want to play for the club. Josh Maja and Joel Asoro are looking confident, and with more gametime, young duo might produce what Sunderland needs most, more goals and more consistence.

Organized defence can be a big boost for the team?

Before Chris Coleman arrived, Sunderland was conceding far too many, they had the worst defence in league and it all looked like they can’t be organized. Everything is different now, they are still conceding against far better sides, but they are more organized and they concede less. They often keep a clean sheet and organizing defence like that can help their attack play without pressure. John O’Shea and Lee Cattermole are players full of experience and they are successfully holding the defence and midfield, preventing opposition to find a back of the net. However, good defence doesn’t mean anything without solid attack, and after losing Lewis Grabban, Sunderland was short on good options in attack. Few days ago, they have signed Brighton winger Kazenga LuaLua on free transfer. In his statement about new signing, Chris Coleman said: 

”Kaz was determined to come here and get playing first-team football again and I look forward to helping him play the kind of football he is capable of.” “He’s quick, skillful and has a lot of experience at this level. “He gives us another option in attack and, most importantly, is up for the fight.”

Too many teams fighting for survival can make Sunderland stay in league?

The biggest question regarding Sunderland this season might be: “Is their squad good enough to compete in Championship?” The fact is that it’s not. However, they are lucky to have too many clubs fighting for survival this season; too many clubs are not good enough to compete in Championship too. Sunderland cannot beat Derby County or Middlesbrough, but if they get good results against their direct opponents, they might not have to pull any surprises. In some other season, this squad couldn’t stand a chance to survive, luckily for them, this season there is still hope for them to get up, and with Chris Coleman giving his best, we can expect Sunderland to fight until the last game of the season.

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