Sunderland are in desperate need of some positive results.
After being relegated to the Championship in 2018 few would have thought that it would take several years to return to the second tier.
As it turns out, winning promotion is a lot harder than it looks.
The Black Cats missed out on promotion via the play-offs in 2019, before finishing outside of the top six last time out, meaning that the pressure is really on this term.
Phil Parkinson is feeling the pressure to get the job done and that will be felt by the players.
The Sunderland boss has kept a fairly consistent line-up so far this term but that has meant that some players have been left on the fringes for large spells.
With the January window not far away there’s a chance that some players could be moved on.
But who could be preparing for a January exit? Here are two players who might be considering it.
The midfielder has found first team opportunities hard to come by this term.
Dobson was a first team regular last season but has found it difficult to break into the side with Grant Leadbitter and Josh Scowen both preferred alongside Max Power.
The lack of action is bound to be frustrating for the midfielder and that could then pave the way for a potential loan exit.
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The striker simply hasn’t lived up to his price tag after joining the club for a seven-figure in 2019.
Grigg scored just three times last term, but has failed to find the net this season despite making six appearances so far.
Phil Parkinson clearly has reservations over the striker and perhaps moving him on could be the best option for all parties.