Sam Allardyce left Sunderland last month
Sunderland have had to endure a fairly turbulent off-season, with Sam Allardyce leaving the club to take the England job last month.
David Moyes was appointed new boss shortly after, and in terms of management style, it was as close to a like-for-like replacement as they could possibly have made.
Sunderland manager David Moyes
Moyes will want to continue in the same direction that Allaryce was taking the club, whilst having his own unique input on the setup of his side.
One area where Sunderland do need to strengthen is the forward area, with the club too heavily reliant on Jermain Defoe, and Moyes should consider a move for Chelsea striker Loic Remy.
Chelsea's Loic Remy
The Frenchman is likely to receive limited game time this season, and has fallen even further behind in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge after the arrival of Michy Batshuayi from Marseille.
The former Newcastle United and QPR striker has proven pedigree at the very top level of the game, and just needs to be given the opportunity of regular first-team football in order to prove what he is truly capable of.
The 29-year-old would be able to slot into whichever formation David Moyes chooses to play. He could play alongside Defoe in a 4-4-2, or out wide-left as part of a 4-2-3-1.
If Sunderland were to make a move for Remy, it would surely not be met with any resistance from Chelsea, what with the wealth of attacking talent that Antonio Conte has at his disposal.
If the Black Cats genuinely expect to improve on last season's 17th-place finish, they must ensure they pose more of a threat to their opponents throughout the course of the season, and Loic Remy would be the ideal signing to help them achieve that.
Loic Remy celebrates after scoring for Chelsea