It looks as though Sunderland have something of a problem regarding their talented young Swedish talent Benjamin Kimpioka.
The 19-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and Sunderland have offered him a new contract. However, his agent suggested to the Roker Report this week that he will only sign a new contract at the club if he receives first-team assurances.
It is something of a Catch-22 situation for Sunderland and manager Jack Ross. He does not want to give the youngster first-team action if, in the long-term, his future is not at the club. But whilst he fails to feature for the first-team, Kimpioka may not feel he is in Sunderland’s first-team plans going forward.
The situation has certainly become messy and, like Josh Maja last season, Sunderland may have to consider cashing in on the player in January.
But Kimpioka should only look at his Swedish compatriot Joel Asoro to realise leaving Sunderland might not be his best option.
Asoro forced his exit in the summer of 2018, joining Swansea City. The 20-year-old has since struggled for first-team football in South Wales and this summer was loaned out to Dutch side FC Groningen. The Swedish talent is currently playing in their under-21 team.
Kimpioka should think long and hard about why he is currently not in the first-team equation at Sunderland. If the youngster cannot see the benefits of staying at such a prestigious club perhaps it is best for all parties he tries his hand elsewhere.
However, as Asoro’s struggles prove, that might not work out the way he hopes.