Sunderland are one of the oldest and most popular clubs in English football. They currently boast six English first division titles in their trophy cabinet, along with two FA Cups, one FA Community Shield and one EFL Trophy.
However, they’ve struggled in recent years and are currently playing in the third tier of English football. They narrowly missed out on promotion to the EFL Championship last season. A 3-2 loss on aggregate against Lincoln City FC in the League One playoff semifinals put paid to their chances.
Sunderland will once again push for promotion this season but need to make improvements to their squad before they can mount a serious challenge.
On that note, here’s a list of three signings who could help Sunderland win promotion to the EFL Championship this season:
#3 Ibou Touray (Salford City) | Left back
Sunderland were forced to play youngster Daniel Neil at left back in this season’s opener against Wigan Athletic in the absence of the injured Denver Hume – the only senior left back in the squad.
Signing a new left back has been among the key priorities for the Black Cats this transfer season. To that end, they’ve been linked to Salford City’s Ibou Touray of late.
Touray joined Salford City from Nantwich Town in 2017 and played a key role in their promotion from the National League North to EFL League Two. The 26-year-old played 142 games in all competitions for the Cheshire-based club thus far, scoring nine goals.
The Liverpool-born defender was included in the PFA League Two Team of the Season last campaign and also won the NWFA League Two Player of the Year 2020 accolade.