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Lynden Gooch close to signing new contract with Sunderland


Not many players have been able to put up the consistent numbers that Lynden Gooch has done with Sunderland so far this season. With a strong campaign so far in his back pocket, Gooch is set to sign a new contract with the Black Cats.

The 22-year-old’s current deal is scheduled to expire next summer but Sunderland boss Jack Ross believes the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder is enjoying his time on Tyneside and is succeeding because of it, which could lead to a new contract soon.

“The dialogue with Lynden as a club has been pretty good,” said Ross. “I would hope there would be positive news in that respect soon. That was probably the one Stewart [Donald] was alluding to. There’s nothing concrete as yet. Lynden is another player that I am close to and he has been terrific for me this season. He genuinely loves this club and he has a real affinity with the club and area.”

“He wants to grow with us, so I will be hopeful that in the near future there will be positive news on him.”

Gooch has been one of the key players for Sunderland this season in England’s third tier. In 18 matches across both the EFL League One and FA Cup, Gooch has six goals and seven assists.

With his production skyrocketing in 2018, Sunderland has reaped the rewards as they currently sit second in League One. Promotion is definitely the goal at hand for Sunderland who suffered back-to-back relegations over the past two seasons.

“His commitment and his approach, not just his contribution in terms of goals and assists, which have been very good, but his overall levels have been very good and his desire to do well for the club is very evident,” Ross said.

“Lynden is the one who has surprised me a little, I don’t know if he had injuries last season or through a lack of selection. The number of minutes he has played at this stage of the two seasons is way above, that’s testament to his performance levels. I think he is feeling the benefit of having that consistency of selection.”

Sunderland are back in action on Saturday against Bristol Rovers in league play.


  1. I had hoped that he could do better. Even when they were in the EPL they seemed like a team not willing to commit the resources to be successful. Their fall since would seem to show their lack of intent to pay the money necessary to regain the top tier.

  2. While I would prefer he was playing at a higher level club, I’m still Hopefully GB gives him a chance with the National Team in March. While he might not be playing in a great league, he is seeing consistent minutes and is the type of player who leaves it all on the field.
    Not saying he should be a starter, but he’s the type of roll player that is very useful in a squad. Can play just about anywhere on the field and can play pretty or muck it out in a gritty game.
    I see him as a guy in the same general level as Arriola, Gall, Saief, & Green. They’re all guys who need to be tried out, to see which ones can fit GB’s style best.


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