Sunderland have signed free agent Joel Lynch on a one-year deal following his release by Queens Park Rangers. Jack Ross has moved to bolster his defensive options ahead of a new promotion bid.
Lynch joins several players in Sunderland’s ranks competing for the central defensive spots. Jordan Willis, Alim Ozturk, Tom Flanagan and Jack Baldwin are also on Sunderland’s books and they have recently released Glenn Loovens.
Sunderland fans now believe Baldwin could be following Loovens out the exit door. The 26-year-old is probably Sunderland’s fifth-choice centre-back after Lynch’s arrival and his performances have been criticised.
Baldwin played 41 games last season after joining from Peterborough United. He has nearly 250 senior appearances to his name and is in the prime of his career but he has struggled for consistency with the Black Cats.
Sunderland are likely to offload one of their central defenders before the end of the transfer window. Baldwin is the most likely to go and Lynch’s arrival could seal this transfer. Here are some tweets from Sunderland fans discussing Baldwin’s future after Lynch joined up.
Jack Ross already talked about him potentially leaving. Doubt many would stand in his way. Tbh, him and Flanagan are as bad as each other. Would be glad if both left.
— W1ll_J_C (@Mr_Will_C) August 26, 2019
Think this signing and Jack Ross’s words last week means the writing is on the wall. Started off decently well last season but feel he has strayed too far to make a return at safc for whatever reason. Come Sept 2 he’ll b at another club imo.
— Black Cat Yank (@M_Coan47) August 26, 2019
Yeah whether it’s a loan on a permanent deal he will be gone the club will want his wage of the bill
— Steven Elliott (@ElliottSAFC) August 26, 2019
I expect him to leave this week. When we signed him I thought he looked immense, not sure what went wrong.
— The SunderMad Forum(Aka cyprussyd) (@SunderMad) August 26, 2019
Finished with us far to many flaws in his game funny really considering the abuse I took for critiscing him when everyone was raving about him at the start of last season
— Paul ‘boo’ Scott (@theboovont) August 26, 2019
— Michael Napier (@mickynapier) August 26, 2019