Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio wants to see the Academy producing more senior talent.
Jack Colback and Jordan Henderson are the only two Sunderland players to have made the breakthrough in recent years to play regularly in the first team, prior to Henderson’s £16million move to Liverpool.
"I don’t want to say how many as it is not easy when you are talking about Premier League players but we have to make sure we are working well and already the coaches, the academy, the scouts, have done a good job.
"We know that some young players will join us in the summer. We have to make sure we deliver for them to be ready when they step forward to the first-team. We have to be closer and work for a link with the academy and the first team."