Jack Ross is facing a selection dilemma at Sunderland which other League One managers would surely love to have to deal with.
He’s got to choose between on loan Watford star Jerome Sinclair, or teenage sensation Josh Maja for the Black Cats, both strikers fighting bravely for the right to lead the attack.
Maja has been sensational since breaking into the first team, bagging ten goals in all competitions to help fire his side to the automatic promotion spots. Sinclair has been a little quieter on the goals front, but has led the line with energy and purpose whenever he’s been given the chance.
Quoted by the Sunderland Echo, Ross reflected on the options available to him and the position their respective form has placed him in.
“There’s also an argument that you could play both of them – and we have done that on occasions,” the former St Mirren boss said. “One of the challenges for me at the moment is that so many of the players are playing well.”
“So if I play the two of them then I have to leave one the three in behind out, and all their contributions have been really good.”
He admitted that it wasn’t an easy choice to make, but nonetheless it was a position he’s pleased to be in.
“It’s not easy at the moment. It’s a nice problem to have.”
The Black Cats are currently second in the table, with Wycombe Wanderers up this weekend at the Stadium of Light.
There’s not a manager in League One who will feel sorry for Ross given the headache he has, both Maja and Sinclair would walk into 99% of first teams in the division.
It’s a clear indication of the strength they have, which will only improve when Charlie Wyke returns to action. Sunderland are perfectly poised to return to the Championship this season, especially given the tools at their disposal.