Sunderland made plenty of new signings in the summer as they looked to bounce back from relegation from the Championship. But one arrival may have slipped by most Sunderland fans. Jack Bainbridge was Jack Ross’ seventh signing of the summer. The 20-year-old arrived on a free transfer following his release from Swansea City.
The young defender, who had also previously played for Everton, was signed with a view to playing in the under-23 side but it appears he has impressed more than expected on Wearside.
Bainbridge was in the Sunderland matchday squad yesterday, as they drew 1-1 with Walsall in the FA Cup.
He has been a regular in the Sunderland under-23s and made his senior debut against Morecambe in the EFL Trophy in November.
He impressed that day, with Dutch veteran Glenn Loovens even singing his praises.
“We actually had a behind closed doors game last week and he [Bainbridge] played next to me, so we got to know each other a little bit.
“He’s a good player and a proper defender who likes to defend.”
Capable of playing both as a central defender and defensive midfielder, he is clearly a player Jack Ross is now keeping his eyes on.
Sunderland’s manager has shown he is not afraid to give young players a chance. Bainbridge will no doubt hope he can make his league debut in the weeks to come.