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Fan Letters: “Act quickly and sign some strikers, Mr Speakman!”

Thoughts on Sunderland’s quest for a striker and the futures of Jack Clarke and Ross Stewart are in the RR mailbox today! Got something to say? Email us:

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Dear Roker Report,

Why is Kristjaan Speakman not recruiting in the position we’re looking for most?

After all, he’s known for a year and a half that we’re in desperate need of a decent goal scorer, and he should’ve acted well before now.

He’s not doing a very good job in that department and the Ross Stewart situation has gone on far too long.

Supporters such as myself are getting are sick of the situation, so do the right thing and act quickly before we go into another season without a recognised striker.

Ian Frame

Ed’s Note [Phil]: Hi, Ian. Thanks for your letter.

Judging by Tony Mowbray’s comments after the Rotherham game on Saturday, he sounded fairly confident that we’re on the verge of bringing at least one new centre forward to the club during this window.

Perhaps it’ll be a loan deal for a player from a Premier League club, or maybe we’re planning on tapping into the overseas market again but we definitely need reinforcements in this area and hopefully there’ll be some positive news soon!

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Dear Roker Report,

I can see Sunderland losing Jack Clarke and Ross Stewart very soon.

The players brought in are apparently not ready for Championship action, and although there’s still time to sign players, it seems the recruitment team are building a team for League One.

Money needs to be spent to keep us in the Championship.


Ed’s Note [Phil]: Hi, Steve. Thanks for getting in touch.

Personally, I’m convinced that both Stewart and Clarke will be Sunderland players when the transfer window closes.

It seems that all offers for Clarke have fallen well below what we’re rightly valuing him at, and I just don’t see a rival club signing Stewart at this stage, given his injury status.

I don’t think that we’re building a team for League One, either.

We wouldn’t have given new contracts to the likes of Dennis Cirkin, Trai Hume and Dan Ballard, nor would we have signed exciting talents such as Jobe Bellingham if the club was preparing for a campaign of third tier football in the near future.

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