The Swede has scored three goals in 27 appearances for Sunderland and has attracted a lot of interest already this summer.
Sunderland’s Joel Asoro is a player in demand this summer, with suggestions the 19-year-old could move to several top-flight clubs before his current side embark on a crucial campaign next term.
Jack Ross will have his work cut out over the next month to prepare diligently for a number of pre-season games, the first of which will be on Tuesday against another North-East club in Darlington.
The 42-year-old has already brought in a number of fresh faces to bolster his League One squad and more will be needed with several players expected to depart from the Wearside club.
And despite Asoro being one of the only players to come away with any dignity from Sunderland’s second relegation in as many season’s last term, the Black Cats should still cash in on the sought after youngster.
The Swede has been a part of Sunderland’s first team since he made his professional debut against local rivals Middlesbrough in 2016, but has only scored three goals in 27 appearances for the Black Cats.
And with interest from a range of top-flight clubs, Sunderland could make some serious financial profit on the player who has been a part of Sunderland’s youth side’s since 2015 when he moved to Wearside from IF Brommapojkarna.
Fans on Wearside are certainly keen on the player continuing to play in the infamous red and white stripes of Sunderland, but Asoro’s slight stature and lack of strength may be more of a hinderance to 42-year-old Ross’s side rather than a help.
However, there is little doubt that Asoro has talent, demonstrated at the end of last season with his solo goal against Championship play-off winners Fulham in a 2-1 defeat away at Craven Cottage.
Asoro has flair and skill in abundance, something suited to the top-flight divisions where teams are allowed more space and physicality isn’t anything like it can be in the third tier.
The former Manchester United target may have understandably had his head turned this summer with some of the footballing giants pursuing his signature, which may well be good for Sunderland when talks turn to the cost of the Swedish born youngster.
And with Asoro’s potential move resulting in a hefty transfer fee coming the way of Sunderland, it paves the way for new owner Stewart Donald, alongside Ross, to bring in more than one attacking option to aid any potential promotion push next season.