Sunderland confirmed that they had terminated the contract of midfielder Didier Ndong on Monday, and the move should allow manager Jack Ross to try and bring in a new striker following the news that Charlie Wyke could potentially be out of action for the rest of 2018.
Well, having sacked Papy Djilobodji last month after he failed to secure a move away from the Stadium of Light before the transfer window closed and then returned to training at the start of this month out of shape, it is no surprise that Ndong has followed his former teammate through the exit door.
There was never really any chance that the 24-year-old would play for the Black Cats – especially in League One – having also been desperate to leave during the summer and having not returned to the club at all this season, but while the duo have gone it could open up another door for Ross.
The 42-year-old admitted via The Chronicle previously that he didn’t think that he would be able to bring in a new striker to provide competition for Josh Maja and Jerome Sinclair in Wyke’s absence, but offloading Ndong’s wages may well now allow him to do exactly that.
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There are a number of free-agent centre-forwards on the market that may be of interest to the Scot, including someone like Victor Anichebe.
However, another player still yet to find a club having left Aston Villa during the summer is 31-year-old Gabby Agbonlahor.
Sunderland should certainly look to bring the experienced frontman to the Stadium of Light – even if it is only on a short-term deal – because while things may not have gone well for him in recent years in terms of form and injuries, on his day there is no doubt that he would be the best player in League One because of his pace and natural finishing ability.