The Three Players Sunderland Could Lose On A Free This Summer

Sunderland have had a mixed first half of the 2023-24 season, but they currently sit in 7th in the Championship.

There is no denying that the Black Cats have aspirations to return to the promised land that is the Premier League. Whether that happens this season is yet to be seen, but the club will hope that Michael Beale can at least achieve a playoff position with the team he has at his disposal.

The future after the summer is harder to predict. First of all, if Beale can achieve those playoff aims, then there is no guarantee which division the club will be in from August onwards.

Furthermore, the make-up of the squad could be completely different. The January transfer window is now shut, meaning a view to the summer must start being taken.

That is where this new series comes in. Throughout February, a side will be chosen from the EFL and we will go through the players that are out of contract in the summer, according to Transfermarkt.

So to start, here are the three players Sunderland could lose in the summer on free transfers.

Ellis Taylor

Taylor is an academy graduate at the Stadium of Light, who has made a small handful of senior appearances for the Mackems, all coming in cup competitions. This season, he has played 45 minutes in the Carabao Cup.

The left-midfielder spent the first half of last season out on loan at fellow North-East outfit Hartlepool United but failed to make a major impact during his time with the club. The 20-year-old has failed to make a single league appearance for Sunderland, so without a sudden breakthrough between now and May, it seems likely he would leave on a free in the summer.

Corry Evans

Evans arrived at the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2021 following the expiration of his contract at Blackburn Rovers, a club which he was at for eight years making 220 appearances at Ewood Park. He has subsequently made 64 appearances for Sunderland tallying up four goal contributions during that time.

This season has not gone as planned however as he suffered a cruciate ligament injury which has seen him be on the sidelines since last February. The club captain will hope to return to playing before the season is over, but it will then be up to Sunderland to determine how they proceed with his contract running down.

Bradley Dack

Dack’s contract situation is not as straightforward as the other two that have been discussed. Transfermarkt states that his contract, although expires in the summer, includes a one-year extension that the club can trigger if they so wish.

The midfielder, who began his career at Gillingham, joined the club in the summer from Blackburn after making over 150 appearances for them. He has struggled to make the impact he will have desired at Sunderland, only racking up 472 minutes, and scoring one. At 30 years old, the attacking midfielder will have to wait to see what his current employers decide the future holds for him as the clock ticks down on his deal.

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