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Lee Johnson makes admission over Sunderland’s transfer budget

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Sunderland boss Lee Johnson has admitted to Chronicle Live that the club now must decide over how much they are willing to dig deep in January in order to bolster their squad. 

The Black Cats have already made it abundantly clear that they are keen to strengthen the amount of attacking options that they have at their disposal, especially after Nathan Broadhead was ruled out for three months with a hamstring injury recently.

Sunderland currently sit second in the Sky Bet League One standings and could even go top of the table this evening if they beat Sheffield Wednesday at the Stadium of Light.

Speaking ahead of the game, Johnson was quick emphasise that the club now have a big decision to make over their budget moving forwards:

“We’ve got some long-termers [injuries] and that counts in terms of your overall budget. 

“Whether we stretch that [the budget] based on the position we are in will have to be decided, or whether we stick where we are with it.”

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The North East outfit didn’t exactly splash the cash during the summer, and as a result they largely relied on bringing in players with experience and youth through the use of free transfers and loans.

It is an approach that has certainly paid dividends up to now, but in January they certainly feel that they need some more investment to get them through this tough period on the injury front.

The Verdict 

This is a big moment for Sunderland as they will now have to decide over how big an investment is needed during the upcoming window.

Arguably they certainly need multiple additions because of the long injury list that they are dealing with right now, so it will be interesting to see what profile of player Johnson goes for.

A forward player is a must after they lost Broadhead, so there is certainly scope for maybe another loan or the signing of a Ross Stewart like figure.

Whoever comes in will need to make an instant impact as the Black Cats seek to remain as one of the division’s main pace setters.


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