When Sunderland got relegated from the Premier League last season, the entire footballing world was all in agreement that it was about time for the Black Cats.
Here at FLW, we thought they could do a Newcastle and fall into the Championship but rebuild over a year or two and come back stronger.
So far, that isn’t looking likely.
Right now, Sunderland are sat in 19th place in the Championship with just one win from their opening five league games and five goals scored.
Their lack of threat going forward is a massive issue for Simon Grayson’s side and if it isn’t sorted by the end of the transfer window then the club could be in serious trouble by the time the January window rolls around.
Admittedly, Defoe exercised the relegation release clause in his contract and Borini wasn’t very good but they were recognised strikers who could pop up with a goal, especially Defoe whose goals were nearly enough to keep them up.
Those departures mean that Sunderland are currently stuck with James Vaughan and Lewis Grabban as the only really recognised forwards with Wahbi Khazri looking set to leave on a season-long loan.
Grabban has had a good start to the new season with three goals in five games in the league but Sunderland can’t rely on him all season long, his time at Bournemouth and the fact that he hasn’t scored for three games now proves that.
Plainly put, Sunderland are in desperate need of another striker within their ranks.
Not a young up and comer and not a free agent who is past his prime, a player who can come in and guarantee goals to help the Black Cats out of this slump.
The obvious choice is the man they have been linked with all summer long, Ross McCormack.
The Scot has endured a terrible time at Aston Villa since he signed for them last year and has been heavily linked with a move away from Steve Bruce’s side with Sunderland emerging as the front runners ever since Leeds cooled their interest.
Don’t let McCormack’s bad time with Villa fool you, he is a lethal striker at Championship level.
Who knows why it hasn’t worked out with the Villains but he has scored plenty of goals in the past for both Leeds United and Fulham and could easily do it again for Sunderland.
If Grabban can recapture his form from the beginning of the season and Grayson can snap up McCormack before the deadline passes, then Sunderland will have a formidable front line the continue their season with.
What do you think Sunderland fans? Would you like to see your club snap up another striker soon? Let us know in the comments down below!