Sunderland have spent big money in recent years in an attempt to improve their fortunes and push for silverware. The acquisitions of players such as Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher were an attempt to get the club away from the bottom of the table and to play attractive, flowing football.Of course, signing players of this calibre isn't cheap and as such the debts at the club have increased. Each week spectators still turn out to the Stadium of Light in their thousands. Having only just avoided relegation this season, it's now time for these players to deliver with their performances on the pitch and help to reduce the club's debt.
Below you'll see how debt levels have changed at the club over the years compared to league position & goals scored in addition to other key stats. There's also a social media data analysis of who is the most valued player to the fans, compared to the clubs player of the year.
A comparison of the club voted player of the year to what we have defined as the 'Most Valued Player' (MVP).