Sunderland revealed yesterday that Kyle Lafferty had left the club after an 11-game spell in the North East.
👊 Good luck, Kyle!
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) June 14, 2020
The Northern Ireland international only joined the Black Cats in January and hoped to play a big role to help Phil Parkinson’s men back to the Championship.
Of course, with the season cut short and Sunderland outside the top six, that won’t happen now and the Black Cats are preparing for a third successive year in the third tier.
And, Lafferty won’t be back at the Stadium of Light next season, with the club confirming his exit on their official site.
Whilst he only managed two goals in 11 games, although many came as a sub, there’s no denying that the target man was a decent player when he featured and you could argue he was one of the best strikers at the club right now.
Despite that, we outline THREE reasons why letting Lafferty go was the right call…
He isn’t prolific enough
The reality is that Sunderland still haven’t replaced Josh Maja and they need to sign a striker that can hit 15-20 goals in League One next season.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing to suggest Lafferty could’ve done that. His record with Sunderland wasn’t great and he hasn’t been a regular scorer for large spells in his career.
There are better long-term options out there
As well as that, Lafferty will be 33 just a few months into next season and he therefore wouldn’t be someone who can be seen as a long-term answer for the club.
Even though the priority has to be getting out of the division as soon as possible, the club need to plan ahead and try to develop talent – and Lafferty doesn’t fall into that category.
Financially it may not have suited
We obviously don’t know the ins and outs of what Lafferty’s contract was but given the clubs he has played for and his age, he may have been on a decent salary for a League One club.
With all the off-field uncertainty surrounding the club, Sunderland may not be in a position to make a suitable offer right now and it will be interesting to see how the next few months play out.