Sunderland’s Jack Rodwell rues a missed chance during the Premier League match at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

After relegation to League One plus a change in ownership and management it was always going to be a testing summer at the Stadium of Light.

Getting the high earners off the wage bill and replacing them with players ready to help Sunderland bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt has been the priority for new owner Stewart Donald and new manager Jack Ross.

With the new season a matter of weeks away we take a look at the business Sunderland have done so far starting with the players that have departed the club.

Notable Outs

Fabio Borini

The Italian international departed for Serie A giants AC Milan for a fee of £5.5 million after spending the 2017-18 season on loan with the Italians. Borini spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Sunderland from Liverpool before joining on a permanent deal in the summer of 2014 for a reported £8 million.

He scored 17 times in 93 appearances on Wearside and while his sale represents a loss the management will be pleased with the much needed boost to their transfer kitty.

Billy Jones

The defender left Sunderland on a free transfer as his contract ended at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season. Jones joined Sunderland from West Brom in the summer of 2014 and was a reliable performer for the Black Cats during their time in the Premier League. His form, however, dipped in the Championship and there won’t be many Sunderland fans mourning his departure.

Jack Rodwell

Sunderland’s fans were delighted by the news that Rodwell’s contract had been terminated. The source of much ire, the midfielder, who has been capped three times by England, contributed next to nothing during Sunderland’s campaign in the Championship, appearing just three times in all competitions.

Despite picking up a rumoured £70,000 per week Rodwell was deemed surplus to requirement and the club desperately tried to shift him during the January transfer window. Now he has departed plenty of wages have been freed up for potential new signings.

Paddy McNair

One of the few stand out performers during last season’s relegation, it was always going to be a challenge to hold on to a player of McNair’s ability, and so it proved with the versatile Irishman joining Middlesbrough for £5 million. Despite receiving a decent fee it will be difficult to replace the quality McNair brought to the side.

John O’Shea

The experienced centre-back racked up 256 appearances during seven seasons on Wearside but age looked to be catching up with the 37-year-old during his final season with Sunderland. Not renewing his contract seems like a good move for both parties as Sunderland look to freshen up their backline while O’Shea has moved to Reading where he won’t be as relied upon amongst an experienced set up.

Jason Steele

The goalkeeper never really nailed down a starting berth with the Black Cats. Despite showing flashes of quality his time on Wearside was blighted by errors as Sunderland struggled to find a reliable number one. Steele has now joined Premier League side Brighton where he is expected to compete for the back up position.

Joel Asoro

The talented young Swede is one of the few that Sunderland will be disappointed to see leave. After a breakthrough campaign at the Stadium of Light the 19-year-old was impressive as he played a more prominent role towards the end of the season. Swansea City have been the beneficiaries of Sunderland’s relegation, picking up Asoro for just £2.5 million, although a sell-on clause in the deal will have slightly numbed the blow.

Wahbi Khazri

The Tunisian has completed a £9 million move to Ligue Un side AS Saint-Étienne after spending last season on loan at Rennes. 27-year-old Khazri only made 42 appearances for Sunderland across three seasons with the Black Cats and the fee received represents good business for the player.