Sunderland will be looking to get back to winning ways in the league next weekend, after a 1-1 away draw at Walsall in the F.A. Cup second round.
Aiden McGeady had put the Black Cats ahead before Andy Cook levelled for the Saddlers, so a replay at the Stadium of Light is on the cards to add to a hectic league schedule for Sunderland.
The winter months are often a huge test for those at the top of the league – teams needs to ensure their players are fit and prepared to face the grueling, hectic weeks ahead of them.
The January transfer window is bound to be a hugely important time for Sunderland – they’ll want to bring in new faces to make them stronger and put the pressure on table-toppers Portsmouth.
With Lynden Gooch approaching the end of his contract and Chris Maguire aging slightly, an addition in the attacking areas wouldn’t go amiss in January, and Sunderland should definitely look to make a move for Josh Koroma.
The 20-year old has been magnificent for Leyton Orient this term, and his goal in a 2-0 win over Gateshead at the weekend not only cemented their position at the top of the National League table, but added to his tally of seven goals for the season from midfield.
Koroma came through the youth ranks at Orient and is regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the fifth tier, and he has definitely shown signs of being able to push up a division or two.
An attacking midfielder who can also play out wide or as a striker, Koroma would be a key asset for Ross in his preferred 4-2-3-1 system, and he could be a shrewd acquisition for the Black Cats.