After losing to Lincoln City in the League One play-offs earlier this year, Sunderland are hoping to learn from the mistakes they made last season during the current season.

Black Cats manager Lee Johnson responded to his side’s setback with a complete overhaul of his squad.

The 40-year-old not only parted ways with a large number of players, but also managed to move in a few new faces this summer.

Alex Pritchard, Corry Evans, Nathan Broadhead, Frederik Alves, Callum Doyle and Dennis Cirkin will all be determined to make a positive impression at the Stadium of Light in the months to come after moving to Sunderland.

Seemingly unhappy with these aforementioned additions, Johnson could now bolster his defensive options by embarking on one of Leeds United’s prospects.

According to Football Insider, Sunderland are about to seal a deal for white full-back Niall Huggins.

The Black Cats are believed to be in advanced talks with Leeds to move the Welsh Under-21 international who is believed to exceed Elland Road requirements.

The two clubs are said to have agreed on a six-digit fee.

Huggins, whose current contract in Leeds expires in 2023, struggled to get into Marcelo Bielsa’s starting XI last season as he was limited to one appearance in the senior team.

The defender, who is mainly used in the youth by the whites, made 17 appearances in the Premier League 2 Division 2 when his side reached promotion in May.

Joshua Cole from GIVEMESPORT says …

Provided Sunderland are able to close that deal, it could turn out to be a smart move by Johnson as Huggins clearly has the potential to become a good player.

The Black Cats can benefit from the 20-year-old’s versatility this season as he has shown in youth that he can play on both left and right back defenders.

Given that Sunderland is no longer able to use the services of Denver Hume, Callum McFadzean and Conor McLaughlin, they have relatively few options as full-backs and so moving in Huggins might be a wise decision.

While Huggins may take some time to get used to life in League One as he has never played at this level in his career, he could potentially become a key player for the Black Cats in the not-too-distant future.

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