Sky Sports pundit Keith Andrews has suggested that Sunderland manager Lee Johnson may have been slightly frustrated by his transfer business this summer as he believes that the club’s squad is relatively light.
After witnessing his side fail to secure promotion to the Championship earlier this year, Johnson decided to launch an overhaul of his squad.
As well as parting ways with a host of players, the Sunderland boss managed to draft some fresh faces during the transfer window.
The likes of Leon Dajaku, Dennis Cirkin, Thorben Hoffmann and Alex Pritchard will all be determined to play a key role in helping the club achieve a great deal of success in League One this season after sealing moves to the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland have managed to make a relatively positive start to the 2021/22 campaign under the guidance of Johnson as they are currently second in the third-tier standings.
The Black Cats could potentially move above Wigan in the table this evening if they beat Cheltenham Town.
Making reference to Sunderland, Andrews has suggested that they could be lacking depth in terms of their squad.
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Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast about the Black Cats, Andrews said: “I think he would have been a little bit frustrated Lee Johnson that he wasn’t able to manoeuvre a little bit more in the transfer market.
“I think he is still a little bit light when you look at the squad.
“He’s had to evolve the way they play ever so slightly.
“I think that Pritchard coming in has certainly helped in that area of the pitch alongside [Aiden] McGeady who is still producing moments of absolute quality and Ross Stewart has been a revelation.
“He’s staying fit and playing very, very well.
“He gives them a type of attribute that’s needed at the top end of the pitch with the other players that I just mentioned supplying the ammunition.”
Whilst Johnson may have wanted to bolster his options up-front following the departure of Charlie Wyke, Ross Stewart has managed to fill the void left by last season’s top-scorer.
Having already found the back of the net on five occasions this season, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Stewart adds to his tally this evening.
Providing that Sunderland’s key players are able to maintain their form as well as their fitness in the coming months, Johnson may not necessarily need to bolster his squad during the January transfer window.
By picking up all three points in their showdown with Cheltenham, Sunderland could use the confidence gained from this result to push on in the third-tier.