Sunderland are currently in the process of a takeover which is delaying their transfer business this summer.
But when the Black Cats are in a position to bring in new players, it looks like centre-back is an area they will be looking to improve.
As reported by The Chronicle this week Sunderland are ‘expected to sign one, possibly two’ new central defenders this summer.
Considering their flaws at the back last season, that would make sense.
Sunderland signed Jack Baldwin, Alim Ozturk and Glenn Loovens last summer whilst they also brought in Jimmy Dunne from Burnley on loan in January. But nobody managed to take full control of the centre-half position for Sunderland. Tom Flanagan, signed as full-back cover, ended up playing regularly at the back.
Baldwin faded toward the end of the season whilst Ozturk struggled early on but showed glimpses of promise until the end of the campaign.
This summer Sunderland need to ensure they get it right with the recruitment of new centre-backs. Without a stable backline, their chances of winning promotion back to the Championship will be remote.