Which Sunderland youngsters could follow in Jordan Henderson's footsteps?
Here we examine 12 of the brightest young prospects from Sunderland, Newcastle United, Hartlepool United and Middlesbrough that could go on to bigger things in the future:
After signing from Sunderland in 2016 from Swedish side IK Sirius, Mbunga-Kimpioka made his debut in 2018 and has been a regular for the Black Cat under 23s. A winger with bags of pace he has made two appearances in League One this season and the Sunderland fans should expect more from the forward in the future.
Kioso joined Pools in the summer from Dunstable Town and slotted straight into the defence, regularly putting in solid performances at the back. He is surely destined for great things.
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Son of former Middlesbrough goalkeeper Stephen Pears, Aynsley has been Gatesheads regular goalkeeper this term. Keeping 11 clean sheets in 37 National League appearances, Pears form has been impeccable.
This term, the midfielder has only featured eight times for the first team, but now at 17 years of age, he has a very bright future and should be in the Black Cats' long-term plans.
An attacking midfielder, Hawkes has been the main man for Pools, regularly scoring from the spot and proving to be a real threat in the middle of the park. Many clubs have been linked with a move.
The winger joined Hartlepool in January performing well on both wings - with three goals and five assists in the National League Molyneux could become a viable option for the Black Cats in the future.
Armstrong had a great first half of the season at Gateshead where he scored 10 times in 17 games for the Tyneside club earning him another loan move to League One Accrington Stanley.
A late bloomer after a spell in non-league, the midfielder now has two goals and three assists in 24 Championship appearances this season. Wing has proven that hard work pays off and is certainly one to watch.
With 12 goals in 14 appearances in the Premier League 2 for Newcastle Under 23s the Danish forward was sent out on loan to League One Blackpool for experience in January - and looks to have a bright future on Tyneside.
Tavernier has scored five times and provided three assists in 21 first team appearances for Boro this campaign. A regular off the bench as of late, the winger has been a viable option for Tony Pulis
Longstaff broke on to the scene earlier this season with Rafa Benitez regularly starting him in central midfield for the Toon - until a knee injury halted his progression.
Fry has been a regular in the defence for Boro this term playing at centre back, left back and even left wing back. At only 21 years of age Fry shows composure that some defenders never show.