The signing of Charlie Wyke has made this a successful window for Sunderland, but there is still business to be undertaken, particularly regarding wingers.
They should look to secure Luca de la Torre on loan from Fulham. The young winger is an exciting talent and could well be convinced to leave for more regular football.
De la Torre is one of the latest off the talent production conveyer belt at Fulham that has produced Ryan Sessegnon, Mousse Dembele, and Patrick Roberts in recent seasons. As well as making his league debut, last season saw the highly promising 20-year-old capped for the USA. Now, aged 20, he will be in need of regular first-team football to advance his development. However, following Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League and a string of high profile midfield signings, his chances of much playing time at Craven Cottage is slim.
Sunderland should capitalise on this. As well as a talented winger, de la Torre is comfortable playing in a central, typically attacking, role. Even if he is not in the starting eleven, this versatility makes him a useful player to have on the bench. Consequently, Jack Ross could confidently offer regular playing time to lure him up to Wearside.
The lack of depth on the wings could be cause for concern. At present, it seems likely that Ross will rely on pushing players out of their preferred position to cover the gaps. This could pay off. However, should they struggle, back-up will be needed. In such a position, Luca de la Torre would be an excellent option to have.