And with O'Nien excelling under the new manager just as he did under previous manager Jack Ross, it is expected they will take that option up.

O'Nien, having initially struggling to settle after last summer's move from Wycombe Wanderers, has become a main stay in the Sunderland side, and among the most popular players with supporters also. “He has caught our eye – that’s the main thing.

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He's out on contract in the summer but I believe that Sunderland have an option to extend for another year. Tbf, we won't have matched the wages that Wheeler and Fred were on. "When I speak to Dunc [Watmore], I always call him Sky Sports Dunc, because I remember watching him on Premier League Years - and now he’s a team-mate and good friend of mine. Luke O'Nien says he is loving life at Sunderland AFC, and is delighted he will almost certainly be staying at least another season.

Lass Bangoura is now on loan to Lugo until 31st December 2021 paying 25% of wages.

That has really made us sit up and go 'where we were might not be where this ends'. Asked his thoughts on it, and if he was happy to stay, O'Nien replied with a trademark smile: "100 per cent.

They say an advantage can be key in a game - and O’Nien certainly tried his best to gain some marginal advantage for the Black Cats.

With the club over paying for years in terms of fees and wages, they will now be forced to get their house in order when it comes to salaries.

Lass Bangoura is now on loan to Lugo until 30th June 2020 paying 100% of wages. You must understand that a club who buy a striker for millions at league one level are very likely to pay a lot higher wages than us, a club who average about 6k fans don't you?

Gamedata Luke O'Nien in FM2020 Luke O'Nien in FM2019 Always smiling and giving his all for the cause, he has often been portrayed as the shining example of the type of player Sunderland should be targeting in the transfer market.

There is always the chance that he might move on. We're quite excited by that.".

Main position . Paulo Eduardo has been transferred to CEC. A key man for Sunderland, he played 45 times last season as they missed out on promotion again.

Unique Sports ... For using this site, please activate JavaScript. With the club over paying for years in terms of fees and wages, they will now be forced to get their house in order when it comes to salaries.