What does Sunderland's transfer business mean for their League One hopes?

Sunderland manager Jack Ross takes questions during a press conference at The Stadium of Light on August 2, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland have had an impressive transfer window this summer, despite only signing one player on deadline day.

New Sunderland manager Jack Ross is pictured meeting fans at The Stadium of Light during his first day at work on May 31, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross joined the Black Cats earlier this summer with hopes of bringing the good times back to Wearside, with 12 new faces having arrived at the Stadium of Light. 

Deadline day was a quiet one for Sunderland, with Max Power the only arrival, but a successful summer of preparation for life in League One meant the groundwork had already been done and the signing of the former third tier winner was simply the cherry on top of Sunderland's proverbial transfer window cake. 

The signings of some experienced veterans, mixed in with a host of exciting young prospects signifies a long-term plan from both Ross and the Sunderland hierarchy, something that has failed the Wearside club in recent years.

 

Despite some shrewd signings, life in League One won't be a walkover for the Black Cats this season and that was proven last week against Charlton Athletic, when Sunderland came from behind to dig out all three points.

Arguably the most impressive part of Sunderland's opening game was Ross' awareness to change both formation and players on the field when adversity arose - but what can we expect from the rest of the season?

Anything other than promotion this year for a team who has done the business Sunderland have done this summer would be cast as a failure - with the playoffs being something Ross should be aiming for at the very least.

Sunderland players celebrate a late Lynden Gooch winner in stoppage time during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Charlton Athletic at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2018...

And that may not even be the end of the incoming's or outgoing's on Wearside, with the loan window still not closed until the last day of August, something Ross may be keen to consider to ensure his side have strength in depth in every position.

Sunderland's season will be made or broken when the inevitable bump in the road does come around this season, something they have often hidden away from in recent history.

However, it's hard to disagree that something special is brewing with this new-look Sunderland team and only time will tell if Sunderland can get themselves back to where they belong.

Sunderland fans celebrate during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

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