Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grass Not So Green on the Other Side for Cats Who; Left How Has Summer Exodus Affected THEWEARSIDERs' Fortunes?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grass Not So Green on the Other Side for Cats Who; Left How Has Summer Exodus Affected THEWEARSIDERs' Fortunes?

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Byline: Steve BrownSports writer Twitter: @brownygingerowl

SUNDERLAND are struggling at the foot of the Premier League table - despite signing 13 players since David Moyes took over as manager last July.

But might the Black Cats have fared any better had they retained the services of those who have left since last summer? The Wearside outfit have seen nine players depart the Stadium of Light on a permanent basis following the end of last season, including Sebastian Coates, who made his temporary spell at Sporting Lisbon permanent at the start of February.

So how much are Sunderland missing them? How are they doing at their new clubs? LIAM BRIDCUTT On loan at Leeds United since November 2015, Bridcutt made the move permanent in August 2016, signing a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Appointed captain a month later, he then broke his foot but returned from injury in December.

He has made 15 appearances this season, and was sent off in his last - Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Cardiff City, which left Leeds fifth in the Championship.

SEBASTIAN COATES On loan at Sporting Lisbon since last January, Coates sealed a permanent move at the start of this month, signing a deal until 2022.

He has three goals in 26 appearances this season, with Sporting third in the Portuguese top flight, 10 points behind leaders Benfica.

STEVEN FLETCHER Released following the expiration of his contract, the Scot joined Sheffield Wednesday on a four-year deal in July.

He has six goals in 27 appearances this season, plus one in two for his country, but was sent off in a 2-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion in January.

Wednesday are sixth in the Championship.

EMANUELE GIACCHERINI With a year left on his contract at Sunderland, the Italian - who had spent the previous season on loan at Bologna - earned a PS2m move to Napoli last July, signing a three-year deal after starring at the European Championships.

Though he scored in his last game, a 2-0 home win over Genoa, it was only his second of the campaign and his second league start for a side third in Serie A. His agent, Furio Valcareggi, said recently: "I have to find a solution for everyone. …

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