This should be an exciting time for Sunderland.
A number of weeks ago it was reported that Stewart Donald had finally agreed a deal to sell the club. That alone should be enough to make the Stadium of Light rejoice.
His replacements are set to be Juan Sartori and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus but with the finer points of the deal yet to be wrapped up, they are still waiting in the shadows.
A change of ideas will do the world of good for Sunderland but since that news emerged, the Black Cats haven’t won.
They lost to MK Dons and have drawn their last two games with Doncaster and Fleetwood. Typically, they failed to hold their lead on Friday evening and as a result, there is increased pressure on Phil Parkinson.
What could be beneficial is a transfer window, especially with Lynden Gooch now out for the next month or so. Fortunately, the January market is nearly upon us.
Although Sunderland won’t be able to flex their financial muscles too much because of the EFL’s salary cap, there is one player who has been mentioned in the last few months.
Taking to Twitter in September, former Sunderland man Stephen Elliott proposed that the club should bring back their ex-academy product Sam Greenwood.
Sam Greenwood hat trick against the 23s. I wonder if could come back on loan if he not gonna get in Leeds 1st team yet!! #SAFC
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) September 28, 2020
The forward was one of the first academy players to leave under Stewart Donald’s watch, a list that has become worryingly long.
He left for Arsenal and then to make matters worse, Sunderland missed out on a financial windfall because he joined Leeds last summer.
Greenwood has been sublime since heading to Yorkshire, scoring five goals in seven Premier League 2 outings. Coincidentally, he also scored a hat-trick against Sunderland’s U23s. Even at academy level, they are being embarrassed.
With Patrick Bamford in such good form for Leeds – scoring seven Premier League goals – it’s unlikely that Greenwood will see any senior action, so what better way to build your experience than by coming back to Sunderland on loan?
Elliott has already suggested it and we see great logic behind his thinking. A quick and dynamic forward, he’d offer a vastly different option to the likes of Danny Graham and Charlie Wyke – two much slower strikers.
Pace is a key ingredient missing from the Sunderland attack and Greenwood would add that in abundance.
Paul Bryson, someone who worked with the youngster at Sunderland, spoke highly of him earlier this year: “He always had the ability to unlock defences. Very good technically and excellent from dead-ball situations.”
With the attack far from flowing in this Sunderland team, a temporary swoop for someone already admired by so many in the north-east would be handy.
Of course, Leeds may have desires of keeping him at Elland Road but it’s worth pursuing.