Sunderland are enduing a shocking season so far in the Sky Bet Championship.
New manager Chris Coleman will undoubtedly have one eye on the transfer window which opens next month, as he bids to sign some new faces to stop the threat of relegation.
What January transfer plan does Coleman need to execute?
A complete overhaul is needed, but the resources are simply not there.
Coleman is going to have to utilise every contact he has made during his football career and call in some huge favours.
Many young Welsh players have been touted for loan moves, and this may be the best avenue to take.
Get Danny Ward in for starters as a new goalkeeper is essential, and target ambitious deals for the likes of Ben Woodburn.
Ward and Woodburn would be a great start.
The Liverpool duo would bring so much to this Sunderland side and the Black Cats are particularly weak in goal so Ward is a must.
It’s out of their hands, but keeping Lewis Grabban would also be a huge boost, if not a striker becomes a necessity too.
Coleman needs to get rid of some of the dead wood at the Stadium of Light, and bring some fresh faces to the club in the New Year.
Sunderland’s squad is in-need of an overhaul, and although January isn’t the right time for it, changes have to be made if the club has any chance of survival.
Coleman has connections with plenty of talented players from his days as Welsh international boss, and he should look to lure the likes of Ben Woodburn and Danny Ward to Sunderland on-loan.
Where to start.
Coleman needs to clear the decks and start again which mid-season is never ideal.
I think he needs to bring in some young hungry players and then get rid of the older ones who have let the club down.