Zach Clough is reportedly a target for Sunderland this January transfer window, with the Black Cats looking to strengthen their attacking options.
Phil Parkinson has already added Kyle Lafferty to his ranks but with striker Will Grigg set for the exit, Parkinson is keen to add more attacking options to his squad.
The Sunderland Echo have reported that Clough is available for loan and that the Black Cats are keen on bringing him to Wearside for the remainder of the season.
With that in mind we have taken a look at three reasons why Clough would be a superb January addition for the Black Cats…
He has played under Parkinson before
Parkinson is reportedly keen on bringing Clough to the Stadium of Light, with the 52-year-old being a big admirer of the forward.
The Black Cats boss has praised Clough for his ability in the final third and his impressive work-rate, and managed Clough at Bolton Wanderers where he won League One player of the month for October in 2016.
Clough would be reunited with Parkinson in January 2018 when the forward returned to Wanderers, where he would make a further nine appearances under Parkinson.
The 24-year-old is clearly a player the manager admires and should he arrive on Wearside, Parkinson will know how to get the best out of the forward.
He is a player who possesses versatility
Clough can play across the attacking line and possesses the ability to play as the number nine, as well as a shadow striker and out wide, should he be required to do so.
With Sunderland looking to strengthen their attacking ranks, Clough could be the ideal man to do so, given the fact he can play across three or four different positions.
The 24-year-old has even played as a number 10 and dropped down into central midfield, so should Sunderland suffer any injuries or suspensions, Clough’s versatility could come in handy.
He will have a point to prove
Since returning to Forest from last season’s loan spell at Rochdale, Clough has struggled to find his way into the Forest first team set-up.
The 24-year-old is yet to play any league football this season and should he be loaned to Sunderland he will no doubt have a point to prove.
Whilst this will benefit the player it could also benefit Sunderland being presented with a young forward hungry to prove a point.
Clough’s determination and potential goals would no doubt go a long way in helping the Black Cats secure at least a play-off place.
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