Sunderland fans were not too happy with their showing in the 1-1 draw against Blackpool, yet another setback in the title race, and the Black Cats’ recent run of draws has revealed a major transfer market mistake.
Sunderland have scored in every league fixture they have played this season, and they are the only side in the top four divisions of English football to do so.
However, the departure of Josh Maja has badly affected the side’s ability to find the back of the net, as four of the last six games have now ended in 1-1 draws after Wednesday’s clash with Blackpool.
Put simply, Jack Ross has no plan B at the moment, which is exactly why he should have signed a target man in the January window.
Will Grigg was signed at the last second to replace Maja’s goals, but the Wearside outfit were also linked with Kieffer Moore throughout the month, and it’s looking more and more like a mistake that they did not pursue him all the way.
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Ross has been forced to defend himself in recent weeks, as many fans feel the boss should be deploying two strikers with the side struggling so much in front of goal.
However, the boss simply doesn’t have the flexibility to do this, as Grigg and fellow front-man Charlie Wyke are too similar, and the latter has found the net just once in 12 league appearances this campaign anyway.
Then there is Tottenham loanee Kazaiah Sterling, who is simply not ready to play senior football week in week out.
This is why a move for Moore would have made more sense than signing the Sterling, as although it would have obviously cost more money (around £2m), the Barnsley number 19 is a ready-made goalscorer, not a youngster with no senior experience.
Right now, Ross simply has no one to turn to when his starters aren’t firing in the goals, and the Black Cats must add a different type of striker to their squad this summer whether they escape back into the Championship or not.