Sunderland’s hopes of promotion under Phil Parkinson have been slim since he arrived at the Stadium of Light.
It’s a record that sees the Black Cats sit in ninth place, rather than towards the top of the table where they’d favour. Remarkably, they sit just a point off the playoffs but they are in dire need of adding extra firepower to their ranks.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that links to Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp has got some fans excited.
The 33-year-old has 104 League One goals throughout his career, while making the division’s Team of the Year on three separate occasions.
As far as signings go, this could be vital. He has a wonderful record at this level and could add a considerable threat to a side who are missing something in the final third.
Guaranteed promotion if he signs…hang on, didn’t we say that 12 months ago about Grigg
— Ian Hogg (@Hogg1903) January 9, 2020
Would be an absolute beast
— Harry Rodgers (@Harry_Rodgers) January 9, 2020
That’s exactly the player we need though. If he were to look at the bigger picture you just never know. Could make himself a hero up here
— Nigel Stevens (@9inchnige) January 9, 2020
Billy sharpe good player score goals
— Josh Gibson (@JoshGib76204214) January 9, 2020
However, some Sunderland fans failed to get excited by the move on Twitter, instead deciding to play down the chances of him arriving at the Stadium of the Light in January.
The Premier League striker has already been touted with a move to Leeds so to think he’d move down two divisions seems far fetched, especially when he faces interest from teams of greater quality.
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Murmurs of a potential switch to the north-east originated in The Chronicle on Thursday evening as they suggested the Mackems were monitoring his situation.
Parkinson even commented on the situation in his press conference but acknowledged they are also in the hunt for Liam Boyce and Kyle Lafferty.
The new Robbie Keane….linked with Sunderland every transfer window
— Craig (@CraigCKN) January 9, 2020
More chance of punching fog
— Michael (@MichaelStelling) January 9, 2020
Literally every championship club will be after him if he’s available. Not a chance he’ll drop down two leagues.
— JamSarny (@Jam_Sarny) January 9, 2020
Never in a million years will this happen.
— Shaun gunner Graham (@Shaun19948296) January 9, 2020
Bringing in someone from the Premier League would drastically improve Sunderland’s chances of promotion. Such is Sharp’s record at this level that a move would be quite the coup.
Whether it does happen, however, only time will tell.
Meanwhile, Sunderland are in the market for a player who could prove to be another disruptive influence…