After a 1-0 home win over AFC Wimbledon at the weekend, Sunderland remain well in the hunt for automatic promotion from League One at the first time of asking.
Aiden McGeady netted the only goal of the game as the Black Cats’ moved up to within three points of the automatic promotion places, with two games in hand on Barnsley.
And after a hugely impressive January transfer window, you’d definitely back Sunderland to go all the way this season. They already have a squad that is arguably too good for this level, but when you are signing players like Will Grigg for sizable fees, you just know that they will be up there come the end of the season.
There’s very little to add to that Sunderland side to make them better, however with George Honeyman only recently coming back from injury, perhaps the addition of another attacking midfielder in January wouldn’t have gone amiss.
A player who could and probably should have been on Jack Ross’ radar is Colchester United’s Sammie Szmodics – the 23-year old put in yet another standout display for the Essex club at the weekend, in their 4-0 win over Northampton Town away from home.
The playmaker has now scored 11 goals and produced four assists from midfield this season, and has played an influential role in guiding United up the table and well in contention for a League Two play-off finish.
He has everything you want in a playmaker – he can score goals, he can pass, he’s strong and can defend, and Sunderland may have missed a trick not going in for him last month…