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Nathan Broadhead among 4 signings in Sunderland XI for opening day vs Coventry

Black Cats boss Alex Neil is interested in signing Everton forward Nathan Broadhead ahead of Sunderland starting the new Championship season at home to Coventry…

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Black Cats boss Alex Neil is interested in signing Everton forward Nathan Broadhead ahead of Sunderland starting the new Championship season at home to Coventry City on July 31.

The Sky Blues visit the Stadium of Light at the end of the month to raise the curtain for the new campaign. Sunderland are returning to the second-tier after a four-year hiatus, while Coventry will try to build on their 12th-place finish with an 11 point deficit to the play-offs.

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Neil led his North East natives to promotion from League One via the play-offs last season after a fifth-place result. The Black Cats beat Wycombe Wanderers in the final at Wembley 2-0, and have so far strengthened their side with four fresh additions arriving on Wearside.

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Sunderland are interested in Broadhead of Everton as Neil eyes strikers

Sunderland have so far secured the signings of £2m Arsenal centre-back Dan Ballard, West Ham United prospect Aji Alese, Union Berlin forward Leon Dajaku and Tottenham Hotspur gem Jack Clarke. And Neil now hopes to begin making progress into signing a striker soon.

“I don’t want to do my business on the last day in August,” Neil explained, via quotes by The Northern Echo, earlier in the week. “I want to get my business done as quickly as possible. But the simple fact, unfortunately for us, is that we’re not in control of that.”

One striker Sunderland are interested in signing is Broadhead of Everton, following his loan spell in red-and-black last season. The Northern Echo note the Black Cats will now move to sign the 24-year-old after the Toffees omitted him from a pre-season friendly with Arsenal.

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Neil adored what Broadhead offered during his time at the Stadium of Light, having hit 13 goals over 27 appearances. So, Sunderland expressed an interest in signing Broadhead for the Championship season earlier in the summer, but Everton wanted to run the rule first.

The Black Cats would welcome Broadhead back to Wearside in another loan move or eye a permanent deal. The Blues product, who has only played 10 first-team minutes for Everton over two games, also enjoyed his Sunderland spell, which can aid Neil against competition.

So, with Sunderland set to increase their interest in Broadhead returning from Everton for the new Championship campaign, what could Neil’s line-up look like at home to Coventry?

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Anthony Patterson (GK): Sunderland lacking alternative options in goal

Sunderland are lacking a wealth of options between the sticks ahead of their return to the second-tier on July 31. Neil currently has one senior shot-stopper on the Black Cats’ books in Anthony Patterson, who kept 10 clean sheets in 25 games last term in all competitions.

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Neil will likely lean on Lynden Gooch to once again show his versatility and feature at right-back against Coventry. It was a role the 26-year-old occasionally occupied last season after Neil’s arrival at the helm, having proven his skill and threat across the right-hand channel.

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Ballard has signed a three-year contract with Sunderland after interest from Burnley failed to secure his services from Arsenal. The 22-year-old will now be a key piece in the backline at the Stadium of Light, having impressed over 33 games on loan with Millwall last season.

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Bailey Wright (CB): Australia international penned fresh terms with Black Cats

Bailey Wright will remain an important presence at the Black Cats following the Australian agreeing to a new contract in June. The defender has penned a two-year extension, which possibly takes his time in the North East to four years and has so far made 90 appearances.

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Neil will hope to see Dennis Cirkin take the next step in his development and prove his skill in the Championship. The England U20 gem left Tottenham for Sunderland last year for his senior breakthrough and offered two assists over 41 games, of which he started 37 times.

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Elliot Embleton (CDM): Black Cats product to offer dynamic central threat

Sunderland will hope their academy product, Elliot Embleton, can offer a dynamic central threat in the Championship this upcoming season. The 23-year-old was a versatile option in League One last term, while striking nine goals and laying on six assists over 40 games.

Leon Dajaku (RM): Sunderland sign forward from Union Berlin after loan

Sunderland have signed Dajaku in a permanent transfer following the forward’s loan spell from Union Berlin last season. The 21-year-old can play anywhere across the forward line, but made a majority of his Black Cats outings off the wings with four goals and four assists.

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Patrick Roberts (CAM): January addition penned fresh terms with Black Cats

Patrick Roberts has extended his Sunderland stay to 2024, having penned fresh terms after his January arrival from Manchester City. The 25-year-old will now look to secure a greater presence under Neil, having started nine of his 17 outings for two goals and also an assist.

Jack Clarke (LM): Black Cats buy forward from Tottenham after loan

Clarke has returned to Sunderland on a four-year contract after spending the latter half of last term there on loan. The 21-year-old did not make the grade at Tottenham after joining from Leeds United for £10m in 2019, but offered the Black Cats four assists over 20 games.

Nathan Broadhead (ST): Alex Neil interested in Everton ace back at Sunderland

Neil is interested in Broadhead returning to Sunderland, either in another loan transfer or a permanent deal, after the Everton striker hit 13 goals over 27 games last season. He also only started 15 games due to missing 16 through injury, so clearly has much more to offer.
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