Sunderland manager Jack Ross is working hard on strengthening his squad this summer, having fallen short last season, narrowly missing out in a heartbreaking play-off final defeat to Charlton Athletic at Wembley in May.
One name on Ross’ wish-list is Doncaster Rovers hot-shot John Marquis, as per the Northern Echo, who scored 23 goals and made five assists in 48 appearances in all competitions last season.
But would Marquis start for Sunderland if he signed?
“I could see him starting.
“Marquis was a more reliable goal scorer for Doncaster than any of Sunderland’s attacking options last season, so they would surely have to give him the opportunity to replicate that form if he makes the move to the Stadium of Light.
“The fact that both clubs will be in League One again next season also means that there would be no concerns around Marquis having to make a step up, furthering his claims to start for The Black Cats should he head to the North East.”
“He would the key man if he went to Sunderland, there is absolutely no doubt about that.
“Marquis would become their pivotal goal scorer and the man they rely upon to finish off chances. They have Will Grigg also, but in his short time at the club he has failed to show what he is capable of.
“Marquis is currently in the form of his life and brimming with confidence. He will likely go straight into the Sunderland team and start delivering goals from the off.”
“Yes, he would have to.
“He’s proven at League One level. I tell you this though; if he failed to get goals then you’d have to begin to question the manager.
“Charlie Wyke; bagged goals elsewhere, flopped at Sunderland. Will Grigg; got goals elsewhere, flopped at Sunderland.
“If John Marquis was added to the list, you’d stop focusing on the strikers and start on the set up.”
“I think he would.
“Will Grigg struggled to fit into Jack Ross’s side last season despite looking like an excellent signing but I think he perhaps lacked that physical edge.
“Marquis combines that physicality and mobility and is the player out of the three strikers who I think would be most effective.”