Sign another striker!
The situation with regards to strikers has changed more than once over recent weeks for Sunderland due to a variety of reasons.
Managing to get Charlie Wyke in through the door was a huge boost, even despite the fact that he’s injured and won’t be able to play for a number of weeks yet. Sunderland’s owners put down a significant sum of money - well, for a player at this level anyways - in order to sign Wyke and gave him a three-year contract, which when weighed up against the other business we’ve done so far this summer makes him a significant addition.
Jerome Sinclair coming in on loan has given us options up top, but like long-term absentee Duncan Watmore he’s not going to be involved in first-team training for at least a month now having sustained an injury against Charlton.
With Wyke as the ‘main man’, the club are reluctant to bring someone in on a permanent deal. They have one striker in mind who they are close on, and if it comes off he’ll hopefully arrive on loan.
If it doesn’t work out before the 5pm deadline, we’ve still got the rest of the month to sort that out - so whilst there’s no denying that we do need another forward, I wouldn’t panic if we’ve not managed to bring someone in come tea-time.
Sell Cattermole, sign a central midfielder!
Lee Cattermole has been told to find himself another club before the loan window shuts at the end of the month - meaning that Sunderland need to plan for life without him.
Cattermole was left out of Jack Ross’ eighteen man squad at the weekend, with the Sunderland boss citing ‘tactical reasons’ for why the services of the ex-Boro skipper were not required. There are a few possibilities for the 30-year old, both in the Premier League and Championship, and it’ll be interesting to see if anything comes of it today.
One thing that was abundantly clear following the Charlton game on Saturday was that we still sorely lack physicality in the centre of the park. The Addicks didn’t find it too difficult to push our boys off the ball in the middle, and it would be naive of us not to address this when we still have the chance to do something about it.
Whilst Cattermole’s legs appear to have gone, he has experience - something that many of the other midfielders we have in our squad don’t really have a great deal of.
So, the checklist - physical... not past it... experienced at this level... someone with power...
Not TOO much to ask for then, eh?
Bin Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong!
It appeared at the weekend that moves to get rid of Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong were as good as done, but the goalposts have moved again and Sunderland may need to be patient in what has been a mind-numbingly boring game of chess which has dragged on right throughout the summer.
They’re both top earners at Sunderland, so in order to facilitate a move it is thought that they’ll need to forego some of their wages - and whether they’re willing to do that or not remains to be seen.
Lamine Kone did just that and now he’s got himself a club and a fresh start - you have to wonder if the AWOL duo of Ndong and Djilobodji will be willing to do the same before time runs out and it’s too late.
That said, the fact that the European window doesn’t shut until the end of August means that this situation is slightly more relaxed than other cases, so we might have to wait a bit longer to see the back of this pair than we’d like.
Keep our eyes open for a winger...
Whilst it appears that we are fairly well-stocked in wide positions, we cannot brush over the fact that the club sold two right wingers earlier in the window.
Joel Asoro and Callum McManaman would have been important first-team players if they had remained on Wearside, and whilst you could argue that Jerome Sinclair and the returning Duncan Watmore can provide us with options in that position, we’re still maybe missing one more player who can play right across the attack.
It’s not necessarily a priority, but we have to keep our options open. There’ll be a raft of different players made available for purchase today, as is always the case on deadline day, and if the right type of midfielder crops up we’d be foolish not to look at them.