For Sunderland, they are staring at a streak where three games have been postponed.
It’s not exactly how the players saw their Christmas turning out, but it might bring some light relief to a squad that have been through the wringer over the last few years.
That being said, the club’s hierarchy should still be busy on the transfer front.
Lee Johnson has made it clear that he’s looking for players that can stretch the play in January.
As a result, it’s incredibly likely that Sunderland will dip their toes into the attacking market next month. One player linked so far is Barnsley’s Luke Thomas.
However, if William Storey seals a deal to buy the club from Stewart Donald, there could be a whole host of new targets.
Speaking to The Chronicle this week, he opened up on the club’s transfer strategy and name-dropped former Black Cat Fabio Borini as an example of someone they could sign.
He stated: “There are financial fair play rules which we have to adhere to, so clearly in the early days in terms of getting new talent in, there’s a big requirement for new players, we would look to be doing various deals with either free agents – and I quoted [Fabio] Borini as an example – and there are multiple players who are available that I think would inject some excitement into the club.”
Storey is quite right that in the early days of his potential reign at Sunderland they’d have to look at cost-effective deals.
Borini would certainly be an exciting signing for a League One club, but the fact of the matter is that his wage demands would surely be too big, especially when you consider the EFL’s salary cap for players over the age of 21.
When he was still at Verona last season, the Italian was on a wage of £79k-a-week. Alarm bells immediately start ringing when you see Sunderland interested in a player like that.
You only need to look at the huge burden Jack Rodwell had on the wage bill when he was still earning £70k-a-week at the Stadium of Light when they were in the Championship.
Furthermore, Aiden McGeady still earns around £31k at the Mackems.
Of course, Borini would take a wage cut but there is no way they would be able to reduce it to sensible terms. The Italian is a player with “big energy” according to David Moyes so certainly fits the type of profile that Johnson wants but financially, this would be a disastrous deal.
Not even in the Championship should the Black Cats consider Borini. They need to take their transfer strategy in a different direction.
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