Sunderland manager Jack Ross has a lot to deal with at the moment, firstly to keep his side in contention for promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt, and secondly to maintain the squad that can allow him to achieve that ultimate aim of promotion.
On the player front, the future of striker Josh Maja will be at the forefront of Ross’ mind, with his future at the club still uncertain.
So if Maja is to leave the Stadium of Light, who would be his ideal replacement?
“It may be a real long shot in the January window but Marquis is a classy, classy player and one who is consistently proven in League One.
“Depending on how much they get for Maja, it would be well worth a look.”
“He was bought to play that role. He’s the so-called star man there.
“Now he’s coming back from injury, will Maja even play?
“If I were Ross, I’d make the swap.”
“Someone like Nouha Dicko could be a great option for Sunderland.
“Whilst he isn’t as young as Maja, he has some good years ahead of him and could have an impact in League One, as well as the Championship if promotion is achieved.
“Something like this might cushion the blow.”
“Anyone that will score ten to 15 plus goals between now and the end of the season.
“Strikers like that are like gold dust and to secure their services costs a pretty penny.
“It’s hard to say who would be the ideal replacement, but I think someone like Mo Eisa from Bristol City on loan could well do a job in that current Sunderland side.
“On loan for the rest of the season, for former Cheltenham hotshot could be the perfect signing.”