Sunderland are likely to let Jack Baldwin leave after signing some defensive cover. According to The Northern Echo, Joel Lynch’s arrival on Wearside is likely to accelerate Baldwin’s Sunderland departure.
Baldwin has dropped down the pecking order and Jack Ross appears to be willing to let him leave. Sunderland have brought in two new central defenders this summer to improve their back-line.
Jordan Willis joined Sunderland’s ranks and Lynch is now another option. With Alim Ozturk and Tom Flanagan also on Sunderland’s books, Baldwin’s future at The Stadium of Light looks bleak.
The 26-year-old signed for the Black Cats from Peterborough United last summer and was a regular for Ross. But his performance levels dipped and he is now set to leave before the end of the League One transfer window.
Ross has never quite been comfortable with his initial central defensive pairing of Flanagan and Baldwin. Ozturk stepped up last season and he is now the preferred partner for new boy Willis.
With Lynch also an option, one of Flanagan or Baldwin has to leave. It looks like Baldwin is the one to make way. The London-born defender showed glimpses of his ability at the start of last season and has plenty of experience at this level.
But, unfortunately, his confidence has completely gone. It is the right time for Sunderland to part ways. And Baldwin can resurrect his career elsewhere if he makes the right move.