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Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson is looking to add to his squad as he looks to secure automatic promotion from League One this season, with the Black Cats targeting a move for Cardiff City and Wales midfielder Will Vaulks, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Vaulks, 26, only arrived at the Cardiff City Stadium in the summer from Rotherham United, but has only made 10 appearances in all competitions, scoring just the once.
So would Vaulks be a good addition at the Stadium of Light, is he needed and would he make the starting XI?
“This could be a great move for Sunderland and would definitely warrant a place in their starting lineup, even with the Black Cats’ current form being very impressive.
“The move to Cardiff hasn’t really worked out for Vaulks, with just nine league appearances and a goal to show for his time there so far, meaning he could be eager for a move away and playing at Sunderland regularly looks like a very favourable move, especially with the offer of potential promotion back into the Championship.
“Phil Parkinson currently has a good bunch of central midfielders to choose from in League One, but if the chance arises to bring in someone who will no doubt enhance your side in January, then you’d be foolish not to take it, which Vaulks could well be.
“He proved during his time at Rotherham that he can perform well in both League One and the Championship, which earned him the move to South Wales, and despite not playing much, he will be should be able to recapture his form at the Stadium of Light in a lower division.”
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“This would be an excellent signing for Sunderland to make this month, with Vaulks having the ability to both add goals and defensive solidity to their midfield during the rest of the campaign.
“Vaulks showed his real quality last season for Rotherham United, being one of their standout performers despite them suffering relegation from the Championship, and he was also instrumental in them winning promotion the year before.
“Given the form Vaulks showed at Rotherham it has been a surprise that he has not been able to establish himself in Cariff’s starting line-up so far this term, so a move away could be what he needs to re-find his form.
“Vaulks has the ability to be a real quality midfielder in League One, and he could add that bit of extra quality to Sunderland’s midfield to help them secure a top six finish this term.”
“It’s been widely reported that Sunderland are looking for a midfielder, but I’m not sure that Will Vaulks is the answer.
“The Black Cats have been linked with a number of central midfielders – most notably Greg Docherty who is regarded as the club’s top target.
“While that move is far from set in stone, a number of players have been linked with a move meaning that Vaulks is merely just an option.
“The Wales international would undoubtedly add quality to Phil Parkinson’s team but it remains to be seen whether Neil Harris would even consider letting him go.
“Vaulks has featured 11 times for the Bluebirds and has started games as recently as earlier this month.
“For me, while he’d undoubtedly add experience to the Sunderland midfielder, there seems to be too many question marks around the move meaning that it’s one which might not come off.”