When a strong player leaves a smaller club to move up to the premier teams, it can certainly have a big impact.
A theme of our prolonged stay in League One has been frustrating draws.
After the disappointment of a playoff semi-final defeat to Lincoln City, the focus for Sunderland will be on avoiding any sort of hangover as they look to make a positive start to a fresh League One season.
It’s a catchy if completely inaccurate ditty. Anyone for a quick burst of “Will Grigg’s On Fire”?
It seems inevitable that Sebastian Larsson will announce his retirement from international football very soon. The former Sunderland man and his family had a bit of a lucky escape the other week when their car burst into flames.
In the absence of any Sunderland news whatsoever (has anyone signed yet?) Euro 2020 has been a joy, especially for anyone still "working from home".
Headlines screaming that Sunderland were on the brink of backing Lee Johnson have been shown to be nothing more than an embarrassing clickbait stain. Yawn.
Have faith that Sunderland will be promoted from League One next season?
Finally, we can reveal the real reason that Sunderland failed to gain promotion from the play-offs this season.
Admittedly it was just a handful of Sunderland supporters, but were they justified in confronting Lee Johnson?