Here, though, we take a look at where these 17 Sunderland players end up after five simulated seasons of Football Manager 2024.
1. Pierre Ekwah
Pierre Ekwah stayed with Sunderland until 2026 on Football Manager 2024 before joining Blackburn Rovers for a massive sum of £23.5million.
2. Dan Neil
In 2028, the 26-year-old Dan Neil is still at Sunderland with the club having been promoted to the Premier League.
3. Anthony Patterson
In 2028, the 28-year-old Anthony Patterson is still at Sunderland with the club having been promoted to the Premier League. Patterson is club captain on the game.
4. Chris Rigg
In 2028, Chris Rigg is with Premier League giants Manchester City but failed to make a single appearance for the club in five seasons.
5. Aji Alese
Aji Alese stayed with Sunderland until 2027 on Football Manager 2024 before joining Plymouth Argule sum of £10.5million.
6. Ellis Taylor
Ellis Taylor end up back at Hartlepool United in the National League five seasons into Football Manager 2024.
7. Jack Clarke
Jack Clarke stayed with Sunderland until 2026 on Football Manager 2024 before joining Middlesbrough for a massive sum of £24.5million. Clarke then ends up playing for Suadi Arabian club Al-Wehda.
8. Patrick Roberts
Patrick Roberts left Sunderland at the end of his current deal in Football Manager 2024 and went onto play for Birmingham City, Burnley and Exeter.
9. Dan Ballard
In 2028, Dan Ballard remains at Sunderland with the club installed in the Premier League. Ballard continues to be a regular.
10. Abdoullah Ba
Abdoullah Ba departs Sunderland in 2026 for Luton for a fee of £7.75million before moving on to Dijon FC in France.
11. Luis Hemir Semedo
Luis Hemir Semedo stays at Sunderland until 2027 on Football Manager 2024 before moving back to Portugal to play for Farense.
12. Dennis Cirkin
Tottenham trigger Dennis Cirkin’s £6million buy-back clause in 2025 before selling the left-back to AS Roma for £10.5million.
13. Trai Hume
Trai Hume stayed with Sunderland until 2027 on Football Manager 2024 before joining Wolves for a massive sum of £30.5million.
14. Jobe Bellingham
Jobe ends up playing for Millwall in the Championship after leaving Sunderland for a fee of £1.2million in 2026.
15. Luke O’Nien
Luke O’Nien re-joins former club Watford for £2million in 2027 before making the move to QPR.
16. Nazariy Rusyn
Nasally Rusyn moves to Stoke City and then Wigan Athletic after leaving Sunderland on Football Manager 2024.
17. Jewison Bennette
Jewison Bennette stayed with Sunderland until 2026 on Football Manager 2024 before joining Luton Town for a sum of £9.25million