Three players Sunderland should be looking to move on this summer

We take a look at certain players in Sunderland's squad that they may attempt to offload this summer.

Sunderland are likely to be one of the most active teams in the summer transfer window, with this season exposing a number of flaws in their current squad.

The Black Cats have failed to move forward this term and there is a realisation that a lot of quality will need to be added if they remain in the Premier League

Sunderland are determined to increase the options available to whoever their new manager will be, but to bring players in they will need to move on certain struggling members of their current squad.

In this piece we take a look at three players who should leave Sunderland in the summer transfer window. 

Danny Graham

The Sunderland striker may have enjoyed a mini-revival to his career towards the back end of Gus Poyet's time in charge, but he isn't cut out to make it in the Premier League.

Graham has still not been able to open his account for Sunderland after arriving back in 2013 and he seems devoid of confidence in front of goal.

The 29-year-old has now made 22 appearances without hitting the back of the net and it is time for Sunderland to give up on him.

Graham may be a good player at Championship level, but if the Black Cats really want to move forward then he should be deemed not good enough. 

Liam Bridcutt

Another player who just isn't good enough for a club with Sunderland's ambitions.

Bridcutt had looked impressive in the second-tier, but he has struggled whenever he has been seen in a Black Cats shirt and doesn't seem capable of providing first-team quality or cover. 

The central-midfielder doesn't impose himself on matches enough to be an asset in the Premier League and Sunderland should cut their losses on the midfielder. 

Steven Fletcher

Getting rid of Fletcher may be a controversial choice, considering he is one of their main attacking men, but it actually makes a lot of sense.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers frontman will be entering the final year of his contract next season and it means that this is likely to be the last time that Sunderland can demand a fee for the striker.

He has not done enough to warrant a new deal and the Black Cats need someone who can be more potent on a consistent basis in front of goal.

Fletcher scored 11 times during his first season on Wearside, but his record of seven goals in 54 matches since is hardly inspiring.

The Scotland international needs to shoulder some of the blame for Sunderland's struggles going forward this season and the club should look to cash-in on him this summer.

They could continue to persevere with Fletcher, but it would be a major risk to take and, as one of their higher earners, Sunderland may be better off selling him so that they can make room for new striker to come in. 

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