Jack Ross has been open about his transfer plans, not expecting any big signings to come in, but also hoping that anyone going out can be replaced.
He does see a new face or two arriving no matter what else happens to the Black Cats, with someone expected in the next seven days. However, as they plot a route back to the Championship, Ross needs to be reactive and prepared for the worst.
The form of some of his stars is enough to cause delight on the terraces, but concern in the dressing room and if they’re to finish in the top two come May, they’ll need to ensure their best players remain at the club.
With that in mind, here’s our three-point plan to the perfect transfer window for Sunderland…