The former Newcastle striker believes that the Premier League club need to have a look into this in the summer transfer window.
“And also, where are our kids coming through?” Shearer wrote in The Sun. “Paul Dummett is the only one in there at the moment.
“We have a football hotbed here in the North East, yet we don’t seem to be producing any talent. That is just one of the many questions the club will have to ponder over the summer.”
Shearer has backed Sunderland not to get involved in a relegation fight next season if manager Sam Allardyce is given funds in the summer transfer window.
The Black Cats will ascertain their Premier League status for next season if they pick up all three points against Everton at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening.
“Now, if they get the points they require this week, Sunderland will have the chance to push on next season,” Shearer wrote in The Sun. “But only if they give Sam the financial backing he needs because it is all down to recruitment.
“We have heard from previous managers at Sunderland that recruitment has been a problem there. But I don’t think Sam will allow that to happen, otherwise he will not stick around.
“I am pretty sure he will be controlling the purse strings this summer. And that will give the club every chance to avoid another relegation fight.”
Both Sunderland and Newcastle are massive clubs and have a huge fanbase, but sadly for the North East region, one of them will go down to the Championship.
If the Black Cats stay up, then they will need to invest in the squad in the summer and sign quality players.
Sunderland have been an also-ran in the Premier League for years, and perhaps Allardyce can change that next season if he manages to keep them up.