This is a piece by guest blogger Acidphire21.
At my Sunderland Albion side we’ve had some Excellent players pull on our famous white shirt, the likes of Phil Armstrong the “Original” goal scorer and Number 9 at the club who retired with the most goals for the club, Luke Phillips who is closing in rapidly on Armstrong record, Ross Walton Former England and Albion Captain who made over 900 appearances for the club, then there are the players who have left such as Dussex who was the guiding hand when Philips emerged, Reyes our “Yank Tank” the unflappable Centre back. But I’m going to be looking at our next batch of players coming through
The German Wing back had a hard time trying to force his way past Veteran Darren Wilson who has since been transferred to Everton in the Summer for £2.5m and Rico Gunther’s injuries had allowed Lenz to make 14 League appearances last year hitting 5 goals and 5 assists, His explosive pace and crossing ability makes him a constant threat going forward but he also has good defensive qualities and I expect him to become more of regular for the club over the next four season and emerging as a World class left-wing back
Success rating: 8/10
Another of the German contingent breaking into the first team Wolf emerged as a promising midfielder but struggled to get past veteran Ross Walton in the first team he made 13 appearances last season due to injuries and fitness issues the German has broken into the German first team after being a U21 regular he has good acceleration is good on the ball and has an excellent passing ability he needs to get ahead of Nixon and Felgenhauer for the right of the midfield 3 but think with more game time he can do it.
Success rating: 7/10
Niklas is a massive plus for the shirt printing at 50p a letter with £2 a number it’s nearly an extra £10 a shirt! He has pace but a massive amount of anything else I’m hoping his work rate makes him useful over the coming season he’s a regular for the German U21 side putting in good performances so I’ll give him one season to prove his worth as I’ve a Under 21 team busting with midfielders I think ill be using him more as an impact sub with his pace at centre mid to cause issues, he did make two apps for the club last year scoring once but this year is a make or break season for him
Success rating: 5/10
Torsten is one of the promising front men coming through the ranks, has the potential to be a great maybe not on the same level as Phillip’s but a good player for us or a great team for another team so at the worst there will be a big profit in it for us, Kauf has five in 7 for the German U21s and 4 in 7 for Hoffenhiem II who I managed to sign him from, will be utilized in the cups this year in the hope of seeing him kick on as he has a great work rate, excellent pace and can finish composure is low as is the likes of vision too but some training and first team football will hopefully sort that out
Success rating 6/10
Now onto the main two Lee came through the youth team two years ago with the best mental attributes I’ve ever seen on a 15-year-old player even at 16 he’s already classed as the fourth best centre back in the squad I’ve got him tutoring from Esteban Reyes, but he is now one of our first team regulars, he’s already made 47 league appearances since March 2049 missed only one league game last season though U21 international duty his pace and acceleration is already good but has the ability to become better his defending attributes are slowly on the rise but the fact he is exposed to first team football will only help him get better, We have high hopes for Lee and fully expect him to become one of if not the greatest Centre back the club has ever had, and easily smash the appearance record at the club
Success rating 10/10
Jason is a young American striker who over the last two years has been eased into first team duties, Foster after a great set of performances in the U21s I gave him more of a role a couple of seasons he made 6 appearances scoring 5 times whilst an Under 21 regular, scoring 19 times in 27 games last season when I used him more regularly with Phillips he went on to notch 23 goals in 26 games with 23 assists, But he also made more appearances for the US National team seniors bagging 19 goals in 22 caps including a brace in the World Cup final in Egypt against England to win it for the Yanks, with the likes of Franz, Eaton, Phillips and Kauf all vying for the two spots Foster is leading the race as being the long-term replacement for Phillips, his pace is a majorly problem for all sides his high Technique and finishing ability all help
Success rating 9/10
So those are the main players breaking into the first team this year if I remember ill do another article 5 years down the line with how they all get on, and outlining the new batch, as we continue to blood the youngsters.