David Moyes could get his wish of overhauling the Sunderland squad in the summer.

With Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship confirmed, David Moyes will be casting his thoughts ahead to his summer recruitment drive and plotting the incomings and outgoings at the Stadium of Light.

The manager has confirmed he is likely to stay at the club, but reports suggest Moyes has requested an entirely new team from owner Ellis Short.

With these rumours of a radical overhaul on Wearside, who will be going out the door? Will Moyes keep anyone? SportsByte have run the rule over the current crop and given our verdicts on whether they should stay or leave.

Vito Mannone 

Has become number two to Jordan Pickford this season and has struggled to hold down a regular starting place, with the exception of when the youngster was injured. Rumours have been circulating all year of a return to his native Italy, and it would be no surprise if that happened.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave


The Spanish stopper has been seldom seen this season, bar a few appearances in the Checkatrade Trophy. He’s clearly failed to make an impact and this should be a fairly easy decision for Moyes.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

Jordan Pickford

One of the few positives from this season has been the form of Pickford and, it could be argued, that the Black Cats would have been down long ago were it not for the stopper. Moyes will no doubt want to keep Pickford at the club, but it would be a no surprise if a Premier League club came calling over the summer.

SportsByte Verdict: Sunderland will want him to stay, but the reality is he will likely leave

Billy Jones

A regular after recovering from injury, Jones has been solid if not spectacular this season. He does look out of his depth against some of the better Premier League opposition, but could be a reliable and consistent performer in the Championship.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Bryan Oviedo

Signed an 18-month contract after joining from Everton in January and looked promising on his debut against Crystal Palace. Would certainly do a job in the second tier but whether the Costa Rican will want to stay on Wearside is another matter. The question remains as to whether he could find a Premier League club interested in his services.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Jason Denayer

While the Manchester City loanee has made some crucial mistakes at times this season, he has performed well on occasion. Playing in an unfamiliar defensive midfielder role at times, Denayer has shown his versatility but any decision on the Belgian’s future is likely to be dictated by his parent club. They may want him to play at a higher level.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

Papy Djilobodji

Failed to make an impact at Chelsea and has done similar at Sunderland. His partnership with Lamine Kone looked promising on paper but has failed to materialise with both missing spells through injury. Could he perform well in the Championship? Likely yes, but if injuries continue to blight him next season he could struggle with the rigours of the second tier.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Joleon Lescott

Is there an easier decision on this list? Has done nothing since his mid-season arrival and looks unfit and out of shape.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

John O’Shea

Has been in and out of the squad this season and, while he is perhaps showing his age, is still a reliable defender. A leader whose nous and experience could prove pivotal in the Championship. He’s unlikely to be able to play every game but could prove a good squad player.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Javier Manquillo

Another who has failed to hold down a regular starting place after joining on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid. Will unlikely want to play in the Championship and hasn’t really done enough to warrant Sunderland taking a punt on him regardless.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

Donald Love

The youngster has struggled with injuries since his arrival on Wearside, but certainly has potential. While he has hardly shone in the Premier League, his youthful energy could prove a useful asset for the busy fixture programme in the Championship

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Lamine Kone

With speculation linking Kone with a move in the last summer window as well as in January, it will be no surprise if the Ivorian departs before the start of the new campaign. Has failed to recapture his best form this season and seems to be lacking in desire at times.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

Lee Cattermole

A big miss for Sunderland this year, the inspirational central midfielder is perhaps the leader the Black Cats have needed at times this season. His aggressive style of play could be a real asset in the Championship.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Sebastien Larsson

A model of inconsistency this season. Has, at times, looked like the spark Sunderland needed but has been underwhelming in other encounters. Could well prove a key player in the bid to regain Premier League status though.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Jack Rodwell

Winless run aside, Rodwell hasn’t really impressed since his arrival on Wearside. A player who will likely want to see the back of Sunderland, and the fans won’t lose too much sleep over any potential departure.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

Wahbi Khazri

Left out the side by Moyes for most of the season, Khazri has marked his return with some standout performances. The feud with Moyes may well remain, however, and may see the Tunisian looking to force a move away. He’s certainly capable of playing at a higher level.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

Didier Ndong

A record signing for the Black Cats, Ndong took time to settle but was one of Sunderland’s better players after Christmas. He’s another who will likely want to move on to bigger things, and whether Moyes can recoup the fee he paid remains to be seen.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

Paddy McNair

Similarly to Love, McNair has missed large parts of the season and has struggled to hold down a place in Moyes’ side. While not overly impressive, it would be critical to say McNair has been a disappointment and he could well be an important and versatile player next season.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Steven Pienaar

An underwhelming signing, Pienaar’s time on Wearside has been blighted by injury and he hasn’t impressed when fit. His experience is useful but he’s unlikely to have much of an impact next season.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

Darron Gibson

Joined with Oviedo in January but has struggled to hold down a place in the side despite Moyes’ insistence on ‘Britishness’ in the midfield. Struggled to shake off his reputation of being injury-prone which may hinder him in the Championship, but if he can stay fit he could be an asset.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Jan Kirchhoff

Another who has struggled with injuries this year, Moyes has already hinted that Kirchhoff may have made his last appearance in red and white. After his impressive performances last season, fans will be disappointed to see the German midfielder depart but he should have no problems finding a new club.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

George Honeyman

A promising young prospect who has had a taste of first team action this season. Perhaps not a Premier League player, but he could be a tricky customer for Championship defenders. Won’t be on huge wages and is definitely worth keeping at the club.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Adnan Januzaj

Perhaps no Moyes signing has underwhelmed as much as Januzaj. Despite a disappointing loan spell at Borussia Dortmund he looked on paper to be a useful acquisition for Sunderland but has failed to deliver. Neither party will likely want this to continue into next season.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

Lynden Gooch

In a similar boat to Honeyman in having a taste of first team football this year. Has impressed at times and will likely be one of those Moyes sees as carving his way into the side next season.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Victor Anichebe

Was impressive at the start of his time on Wearside and formed a somewhat effective partnership with Jermain Defoe. Moyes is definitely a fan and will perhaps want to keep the Nigerian at the Stadium of Light, but the striker may have a desire to play at a higher level.

SportsByte Verdict: Either Way, Sunderland may want to keep him

Fabio Borini

A frustrating figure who is clearly capable of something special but has not delivered it on a consistent basis this season. Similarly to Mannone, he has been linked with a move to Italy and it would be no surprise to see him leave the club.

SportsByte Verdict: Leave

Duncan Watmore

Has been a big miss while injured as his raw pace is difficult for defences to deal with. Is tied down to long-term contract and would definitely be an effective player in the Championship and could help himself to plenty of goals. Seems a no-brainer to keep him.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay

Jermain Defoe

A top Premier League striker on his day but doesn’t have sufficient support around him at Sunderland. Arguably the best player in this side along with Pickford and should easily find a new club. West Ham were in for him in January and may revive their interest in the Black Cats’ top scorer.

SportsByte Verdict: Sunderland will want him to stay but, similarly to Pickford, will likely leave

Joel Asoro

It’s maybe somewhat surprising that Asoro hasn’t seen more first team football this season given Sunderland’s woes in front of goal. The Swede will surely get an opportunity to shine next season and may be given a starting berth in the likely absence of Defoe.

SportsByte Verdict: Stay