FM17: Sunderland Player Ratings Revealed

Here’s the Sunderland team on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings and values revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

To stay in the Premier League, you have decent enough squad to achieve this with the right sort of tactics suited to your players. Make no mistakes, however, it won’t be easy and you’ll probably spend some time in the relegation zone unless you add a quality name or two to improve this squad.

With Pickford, Ndong and Defoe you have a solid enough core to build around, but Sunderland, in my opinion, lack a quality centre-back and leading playmaker, so this is where you should invest your money. Perhaps a loan signing or two would be your best bet given your small transfer and wage budgets. Moreover, Sunderland are somewhat short staffed in midfield so try to focus your attention in this area to begin with.

Sunderland’s starting transfer and wage budgets are as follows:

Transfer budget: £12,000,000

Wage budget: £1,043,973


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Vito Mannone 3 3 28 Italy £6m
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford 3 4 22 England £6m

Both Vito Mannone and Jordan Pickford start on three-star ability, though the latter is younger –which could be a negative, for sure- and has the potential to rise to four stars, so I recommend persisting with Pickford from the start. Mannone makes for good back-up as well.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender Sebastian Larsson 3 3 31 Sweden £3.5m
Defender Jason Denayer 3.5 3.5 21 Belgium £10.5m
Defender Lamine Kone 3 3 27 Ivory Coast £9.75m
Defender John O’Shea 3 3 35 Ireland £900k
Defender Papy Djilobodji 3.5 3.5 27 Senegal £11.5m
Defender Paddy McNair 2.5 3 21 N. Ireland £11.75m
Defender Jan Kirchhoff 3.5 3.5 25 Germany £8.25m
Defender Billy Jones 3.5 3.5 29 England £6.75m
Defender Javi Manquillo 3 4 22 Spain £2.6m
Defender Patrick van Aanholt 3 3 25 Netherlands £5.75m

Javi Manquillo has the potential to reach four-star ability and you should persist with him as a fullback as he begins at the same level as van Aanholt. I don’t think Sunderland’s centre-backs are good enough. To stay in the league, sure, but to challenge for the top half, I don’t think so. Perhaps have O’Shea tutor McNair for the season.

O’Shea, mind, is now 35 and he could get caught out by pacey attackers, so be mindful of this fact. In Jan Kirchhoff, however, you have a solid 3.5 star utility player who can play either at centre-back or defensive midfield.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder Lee Cattermole 3.5 3.5 28 England £10.25m
Midfielder Didier Ndong 3 4 22 Gabon £8.75m
Midfielder Jack Rodwell 3 3 25 England £5.25m
Midfielder Steven Pienaar 3 3 34 South Africa £575k
Midfielder Adnan Januzaj 3.5 4 21 Belgium £13m
Midfielder Lynden Gooch 2 3 20 USA £3.5m
Midfielder Wahbi Khazri 3.5 3.5 25 Tunisia £10.5m

Sunderland’s midfield gets slightly better in terms of ability, but they do lack some players in this department so an addition or two wouldn’t go amiss. You do start with two players with the ability to reach four-stars, Januzaj and Ndong, though the former is on loan from United and won’t be staying too long. Make the most of Januzaj whilst you can.

This is where the most investment will take place. Perhaps letting Cattermole and Pienaar go to finance some deals would be a good idea. Just be wary that you have a small transfer budget so signing players will be difficult. You don’t want to leave yourself understaffed with too many sales and not enough replacements.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker Duncan Watmore 2.5 3 22 England £3.5m
Striker Fabio Borini 3.5 3.5 25 Italy £12m
Striker Jermain Defoe 4 4 33 England £1.3m
Striker Victor Anichebe 3 3 28 Nigeria £4.6m

Luckily, you have Jermain Defoe in the squad or else Sunderland would likely be devoid of goals. None of Watmore, Borini or Anichebe can score goals the way Defoe does but hopefully they can chip in with a few apiece each season. They’re not the sort that can go and grab ten or more goals each year. Once Defoe retires, which is likely to be imminent, you’ll need a new striker to lead the line.

Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_