Opinion: Sunderland should capitalise on Bolton mess to sign Pawel Olkowski

Sunderland boss Jack Ross should take advantage of the financial problems at Bolton Wanderers to sign right-back Pawel Olkowski in the January transfer window.

What’s the situation?

According to a recent report in The Northern Echo, Ross only wants to make one signing in the winter and this will be a right-back, after Adam Matthews’ recent injury exposed a shortage in the squad.

The Echo claim that any offers for Lee Cattermole, Aiden McGeady and Bryan Oviedo would have to be listened to given their high wages, and this may force Ross to make more than one acquisition, but for now it is clear where his priorities lie.

The Black Cats have been performing well so far this season though after their summer rebuild under the new boss, and they will hope to be in and around the automatic promotion spots come the end of the season, meaning a strong squad and competition for places is necessary.

Taking advantage

Ross then should target the impressive Olkowski, who could surely be persuaded to leave Bolton, despite only joining from FC Koln in the summer.

In fact, the Daily Mail recently reported that several first-team players have already asked their agents to find them moves away from Bolton in January, after the Bolton News revealed that boss Phil Parkinson and his coaching staff had not been paid their bonuses for keeping the Trotters in the Championship at the end of last season, as well as players and staff being kept waiting for their November wages.

Olkowski would be an excellent signing for Ross’ side. The 28-year-old is a Poland international with 13 caps for his country, and so far this season he has made 21 Championship appearances, scoring one goal and providing three assists.

So, Sunderland fans, would you like to see a move for the Bolton man in January? Have your say by voting in the poll below.