With the season now taking shape, how are the Black Cats’ summer signings stacking up so far?

It was a fairly busy summer for Simon Grayson’s side as, while little was spent, ten new players came through the door at the Stadium of Light.

Some have impressed, others have faltered and a handful have arguably not had the opportunity to show their true worth as of yet.

With 13 league games now played, SportsByte runs the rule over Sunderland’s summer transfer business and rates each of Grayson’s purchases.

Jason Steele

Despite being Grayson’s first choice stopper for most of the campaign, it’s fair to say Steele hasn’t had the best of starts to life on Wearside.

His performance in the defeat at Ipswich will still haunt the nightmares of the Black Cats faithful and it’s fair to say his bad displays have certainly outweighed the positive ones so far.

It’s still early days for Steele, but he will need to vastly improve upon what has been a disappointing beginning.

SportsByte’s Rating: C

Robin Ruiter

The Dutchman caught the eye with some impressive pre-season displays but has played second fiddle to Steele for the majority of the campaign.

But the former FC Utrecht stopper has shown potential in his few outings – a fine performance at Carlisle in the Carabao Cup earned him some Championship appearances but the Black Cats have failed to win a league fixture with Ruiter in the side.

If they can reverse that hoodoo, then Ruiter may well be able to cement his place in the first team and build upon some promising performances.

SportsByte’s Rating: B

Brendan Galloway

Having found himself on the fringes of the first team at Everton, much was expected of Galloway when Sunderland netted the young centre-back on loan.

But his start to life at the Stadium of Light has been far from ideal, with the former MK Dons man torn apart by Leeds United in the Lilywhites’ 2-0 triumph on Wearside.

Due to injury, he hasn’t featured for Sunderland in the league since the start of September and will be keen to improve his individual performances upon his return.

SportsByte’s Rating: C

Tyias Browning

Joining the Black Cats alongside Galloway, Browning has arguably outshone his Everton teammate during his time with Sunderland.

Having been deployed at both centre back and right back, Browning has put in some impressive and assured performances – although injury has halted his progress.

Upon his return, Browning will be keen to improve even more and could well find himself a regular fixture in Grayson’s side.

SportsByte’s Rating: B-

Marc Wilson

Another of Grayson’s summer buys to have struggled with injuries, the Deadline Day capture from Bournemouth has featured only five times.

The Black Cats have failed to win with Wilson in the side, but the 30-year-old arguably hasn’t been able to show his best yet.

It’s difficult to judge the Northern Irish international off the basis of only a handful of games, but Wilson’s Sunderland career will surely only improve.

SportsByte’s Rating: C

Jonny Williams

The Welsh international has long been regarded as injury-prone, and he has been unable to shake off that tag during the early days of his loan spell with Sunderland.

That’s meant that Williams has only been able to make six appearances during his time on Wearside, but there is evidence that the attacking midfielder could yet be an impressive capture.

He impressed off the bench against QPR in his most recent outing, and if he can shake off his injury troubles and feature regularly then he may well shine.

SportsByte’s Rating: B-

Callum McManaman

The tricky winger has mainly featured off the bench for Sunderland after joining from West Brom, but has shown glimpses of the ability that saw him excel at this level previously.

While goals and assists have been lacking from McManaman’s game thus far, the former Wigan man will be keen to have more of an attacking input.

Nonetheless, his start at Sunderland has been encouraging – now he just needs to nail down a regular starting place and start chipping in with some more decisive attacking action.

SportsByte’s Rating: B

Aiden McGeady

Easily Grayson’s best bit of business this summer was snapping up the Wideman – with the reported fee of £250,000 an absolute steal.

With four goals to his name already it’s easy to see why McGeady is already a firm fans’ favourite and it’s a struggle to think of an example of the Irishman putting in a poor performance.

Grayson has recently said he feels there is more to come from the winger despite his already stellar start. If that is the case, then the Sunderland fans are in for a treat.

SportsByte’s Rating: A

James Vaughan

A fee of £500,000 brought the Bury striker to the Stadium of Light with many questioning whether the 29-year-old could be the man to fire Sunderland up the Championship table.

And those questions still largely remain unanswered – Vaughan has netted only once for the Black Cats but has put in some energetic displays.

Ultimately though, he will be judged on goals and the striker will need to start finding the back of the net.

 SportsByte’s Rating: B-

Lewis Grabban

Yet another loan addition, Grabban’s return of five goals in nine league outings definitely represents a good start to his time in the North East.

Alongside McGeady, Grabban is the one who has captured the imagination of the fans and the striker’s lively performances have certainly caught the eye.

Consistency will be key for the Bournemouth loanee if he is to build on this positive beginning – but there’s certainly plenty to be happy about so far.

SportsByte’s Rating: A-