Last season started with renewed hope for Sunderland. The club were hoping to fight back from a woeful Premier League campaign and achieve promotion back to the top-flight. The club had a new manager and plenty of new players to help them in that pursuit. One of the new faces was Everton defender Brendan Galloway. He was signed on loan for the season by Simon Grayson, as Sunderland looked to strengthen their defensive resolve.
It ended up being an awful season both for Sunderland, and Galloway.
Sunderland suffered a second consecutive relegation, dropping to the third-tier of English football for only the second time in their history. Galloway, however, can certainly alleviate himself of much of the blame. He barely played a part in the campaign.
Galloway started the season in the team but soon found himself in the under-23s. He played just eight times for the first-team, his last appearance coming in December.
But his actual ability should not be forgotten if teams are looking for a left-back this summer, teams like Leeds United.
Leeds lost their star left-back last summer when Charlie Taylor joined Burnley. His replacement Cameron Borthwick-Jackson proved a flop and Laurens De Bock has struggled since his arrival. With the dwindling powers of Gaetano Berardi, youngster Tom Pearce has become the starting left-back.
But Leeds are fighting to keep hold of the youngster and this summer may need to consider another left-back. Galloway is the perfect option.
The 22-year-old was a brilliant talent when he was at MK Dons and when he first entered the Everton fray fans at Goodison Park were very excited about his progress.
His career has certainly stalled since then, but Leeds could help get it back on track. The club did business with Everton last summer, bringing in Matthew Pennington on loan, and could, therefore, do so yet again.
Galloway needs to leave Everton in order to kickstart his career and Leeds have the right reason and opportunity to offer him.
He may have been a Sunderland flop, but Galloway still has plenty to offer at Championship level. Leeds United should seriously consider giving him that chance.