Sunderland have brought in two players so far this month but Phil Parkinson remains keen on completing another piece of transfer business, according to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie.
Matters have turned around for the Black Cats on and off the pitch in recent weeks, with the team now in the play-off places, but one thing that hasn’t changed is Parkinson’s view of Aiden McGeady.
The Irishman was banished to the youth team and transfer-listed last month and the Sunderland manager remains hopeful that a club will come in for him before the transfer window closes.
Phil Parkinson says “hopefully” things will progress in the coming days over a departure from Sunderland for Aiden McGeady #SAFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 23, 2020
McGeady had been linked with a move to clubs abroad earlier this month, but there has been no significant progress regarding a possible departure just yet.
The winger had been in decent form for Sunderland prior to his exclusion, contributing six goals and two assists which had made him the club’s top scorer at the time.
However, since he was banished the team have been able to turnaround their form by going seven matches unbeaten, and Lynden Gooch is excelling on the left-flank – the position McGeady had occupied.
The American has three goals and one assist in his past five games, and alongside Charlie Wyke and Chris Maguire there finally appears to be an understanding between the front-three that is serving the north-east outfit well, as the team’s recent form evidences.
As a result, it is understandable that Parkinson is continuing his stance towards the 33-year-old, and if he manages to remove his salary from the wage bill then he could have a great opportunity to bring in reinforcements.
Putting money towards a midfielder like Will Vaulks or Ollie Norburn – who have both been linked – could provide Sunderland with another important player to advance their promotion hopes, and that would more than justify a decision to let McGeady leave.
Building a strong team spirit can often prove vital to teams chasing promotion and that may be why Parkinson is still hopeful that McGeady departs.
Meanwhile, there is another thing Parkinson should be looking to do in the remaining days of the transfer window.