Was talking recently to my mate who refereed the Sunderland V Newcaslte U16 match.
He is black and white through and through, but said our U16's looked tremendous. Absolutely head and shoulders ahead of Newcastle's.
As much as he hates to say it, the future of teh Sunderland Academy looks excellent and he'd be very surprised if some of them don't go on to be quality players.
I know he is no scout, but coming form a Mag, it sounds promising.
The bloke form Ajax who set the academy up always said it would take 10 yrs minimum until we start producing quality players, that was 11 years ago, so finger crossed!