An update has emerged on Sunderland centre-forward Ross Stewart and interest in his services ahead of the January transfer window…
The forward is out of contract at the end of the 2022/23 campaign and the report claims that the Lancashire club could offer him the deal that he is looking for.
It is stated that Tony Mowbray will want to keep hold of him but could be on the lookout for a replacement in the January window, with the threat of losing the striker looming over the Black Cats at the moment.
Sunderland’s new manager must avoid his first major disaster in charge of the club by convincing Stewart to remain at the Stadium of Light.
He must work hard, alongside Kristjaan Speakman, to sell the project and the direction the Black Cats are going in to the centre-forward, to ensure that he puts pen to paper on a new deal instead of pursuing a move to one of their rivals.
Losing him would be a gigantic blow for the club as he has been magnificent for Sunderland since the start of the 2021/22 League One campaign.
The Scottish attacker started all 49 of their league and play-off matches throughout the season and plundered an eye-catching 26 goals as he led the line brilliantly, averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.25.
Alex Pritchard lavished the goal machine with praise at the end of that campaign, saying:
“[Stewart] is unbelievable. The size of him, on the ball, he can run, he can hold the ball up, he’s good with his feet. He’s got everything. He’s great in the air. Holds the ball up and he gets in behind and you see in the semi-finals – the goal he got in behind and he’s so quick. And he’s been a revelation this year for us.”
He was then asked to prove that he could handle the step up to the Championship and he has enjoyed a phenomenal start to the campaign, scoring five goals in seven appearances in the second tier – averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.66. Only Oliver Norwood (7.68) has averaged a higher rating in the division and Josh Sargent’s score of 7.23 is the next highest by a natural number nine.
This shows that he has been one of the best players in the league this term and that is why allowing him to join another Championship team would be a disaster for Mowbray. The head coach must now do everything in his power to avoid that scenario from becoming a reality.