Josh Maja and Denver Hume have both broken onto the Wearside scene, whilst Lynden Gooch and George Honeyman have continued to impress as they develop.
Sunderland have an abundance of up and coming stars. And three of their academy prospects - Elliot Embleton, Max Stryjek and Luke Molyneux - departed on loan this term, but how are they getting on at their new clubs?
Elliot Embleton - Grimsby Town
One of the brightest prospects coming out of the Wearside academy is England youngster Embleton, who moved on loan to Grimsby Town in the summer window. Four games into his stint with the League Two club the midfielder is doing well, having scored one excellent goal and already looking a level above in the fourth tier. Embleton's loan spell will only stretch at least to January, but Ross may think about extending that if he feels that the player is benefiting from the increased game time.
Elliot Embleton is something else. Hope we can get his loan extended past January.— We Are Town (@We_AreTown) October 6, 2018
Max Stryjek - Eastleigh
Alongside Embleton, youngster Stryjek moved on loan, but into the National League at Eastleigh and the Polish stopper has been impressing in his short spell with the club. Stryjek has kept three clean sheets in five appearances - also saving a penalty on his debut - and the goalkeeper is already being talked about as a possible back-up to Jon McLaughlin on his return.
Luke Molyneux - Gateshead
Young winger Molyneux is another player tipped for the top with Sunderland, and the 20-year-old has made four appearances with Gateshead in the National League this season. Molyneux bagged a goal last time out for his loan side, with a lovely finish across goal. He will be hopeful that he can play a part in Sunderland's next campaign.
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