Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has urged League One side Sunderland to put a striker at the top of their transfer priorities, as he replied to a Black Cats fan on Twitter.
Lee Johnson’s side have recently made Corry Evans their second signing of what has been a frustrating summer at the Stadium of Light, but with this arrival through the door, they will be hoping to build some transfer momentum ahead of the new season.
Ethan Galbraith is one player they may not be able to recruit for another few weeks, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to retain the Manchester United midfielder until several of his first-team players return from the European Championships.
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And compared to other sides like Ipswich Town who have made eight signings and Portsmouth who have seen six new faces arrive, the Black Cats are currently falling behind their third-tier promotion competitors in the transfer market with just a few weeks to go until the start of the next campaign.
Although they have managed to keep the likes of Aiden McGeady and Luke O’Nien, tying both down to new deals, Charlie Wyke has moved on to another League One rival in Wigan Athletic following the expiration of his contract.
The 28-year-old scored 26 goals in the league last season, guiding the Wearside club to a fourth-place finish before falling short in the play-off semi-finals.
Even with the likes of Will Grigg and Ross Stewart available to Lee Johnson as options, Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony believes they need a replacement for the 28-year-old this summer.
Responding to a Sunderland supporter on Twitter regarding his thoughts on the club’s current state, he said:
Need to do serious business IMO & replace a prolific goal scorer https://t.co/iA4liujCZZ
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) July 15, 2021
Peterborough United are now back in the Championship, so MacAnthony is in a privileged position to be able to sit back and give a less manicured view of Sunderland with the pair no longer promotion rivals.
He is completely correct in saying they need a new forward though. Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady topped the League One assists chart last year quite comfortably, but he will only be able to do that again if he has a prolific striker like Wyke able to capitalise on his creativity.
Will Grigg is a great option to have, but he would probably be a more useful asset off the bench and Johnson now needs to ensure he gets a new striker in before the start of next season.
If he can, it would majorly boost their chances of securing a top-six spot again.