Sunderland urged to sign 'brilliant' 23-year-old TOTS star.
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Sunderland urged to sign ‘brilliant’ 23-year-old TOTS star.



Sunderland should try to replace Jack Clarke with one of the Championship’s top wingers.

Sunderland fans’ morale have lifted marginally in recent weeks, as the squad has kept five clean sheets in their previous six games.

Although the one game lacking was a 5-1 thrashing by Blackburn Rovers at home, we have looked much improved after our dismal run of straight defeats earlier this year.

Some of our important players have returned from injury, and fans are enjoying our last games with Jack Clarke in the lineup.

The winger has sparked a lot of interest in the Premier League since the summer, and our failure to make the play-offs means he is quite likely to make the step up on his own.

While it is upsetting, the Black Cats cannot stop Clarke from winning the championship because he is simply too brilliant.

The 23-year-old will thrive in the Premier League, while we will profit handsomely from his departure, earning £20 million plus fee.

Hypothetically, it should be a good return, but that does not make replacing him easy.

Sunderland will struggle to find an attacker of Clarke’s caliber who is eager to join us, but we cannot risk signing another kid who may wind up being far from what we require right now.

Rather than looking to football’s Abdoullah Bas and Jewison Bennettes, Kristjaan Speakman should take the risk and make an ambitious move for someone who has already established themselves in the Championship – someone who is one of the finest players in the second tier.

Morgan Whittaker is the solution to Jack Clarke’s exit

That’someone’ is Morgan Whittaker, whose inclusion in the Championship Team of the Season demonstrates that he is simply too excellent for Plymouth Argyle.

The winger joined the Pilgrims in 2022 and has since recorded 29 goals and 16 assists in 78 games.

Despite Plymouth’s relegation battle this season, Whittaker is on track to score more than 20 league goals and has already contributed 28.

While Plymouth appear to be safe from relegation, it would be extremely remarkable if they were able to retain Whittaker this summer.

Lazio attempted to recruit the 23-year-old in January but failed, with more interest expected at the conclusion of the season.

While ambitious, there should be nothing preventing Sunderland from entering the battle for Whittaker.

But can Sunderland win the race for the 19-goal gem?

There is no doubt that a move to Wearside would be a step up, and while the Black Cats have had a dismal season, Whittaker will be well aware of the club’s propensity to nurture young players into true stars.

The ‘excellent’ forward would be playing week in and week out at the Stadium of Light and could have the team formed around him, while he would undoubtedly understand that we have a good chance of earning promotion if we can have a much more successful transfer window this time around.

It is unclear how much Whittaker would cost, but Sunderland should be able to compete financially if they can secure a sizable compensation from Clarke’s exit.

The Plymouth star could be offered the chance to transfer directly to the Premier League, but there is no harm in attempting to entice him north with the prospect of a significant position at the club and the opportunity to push us back to the top level himself.





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