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Introducing: The January signing to replace Josh Maja, John Marquis

Introducing: The January signing to replace Josh Maja, John Marquis

Sunderland currently find themselves down in fifth position, but they do have at least one game in hand over all the teams above them. 

The Black Cats will be desperate to make the most of their promising position at this moment in time, with maximum points needed in their games in hand if they are to really push for automatic promotion.

Sadly, the Wearside club had to wave goodbye to arguably their best player recently, as Josh Maja joined French side Bordeaux for an undisclosed fee.

So, with the automatic promotion race still wide open at this moment in time, it’s vital that Stewart Donald goes all out to secure a prolific striker before the end of the January transfer window.

Maja played arguably the biggest part in Sunderland’s rise up until his recent departure, as he managed to find the back of the net 16 times and provided two assists for his teammates. He has all the ingredients to become a future star of the game, so the Black Cats will be gutted to have lost their star man at a key time in their season.

Of course, securing a replacement for the Englishman will be extremely hard, but there’re attackers out there that have a better goalscoring record than the youngster.

One man who could easily take the 20-year-old’s place is Doncaster Rovers’ John Marquis.

The 26-year-old has been prolific up until this point in the current campaign, with a whopping 20 goals and two assists to his name, which includes 16 in League One. Marquis is a proven finisher at this level as he managed to score 15 goals last season and 25 goals in League Two the season before.

Indeed, the Englishman may not come cheap given his performances so far this season, but Stewart Donald currently has plenty of money in the bank after Maja’s sale.

Kieffer Moore and Will Grigg have both been linked with moves to the Stadium Light this month, but neither of them have managed to match up to Marquis in the current campaign.

Moore has been impressive with 15 goals to his name, but he hasn’t quite been on the same level as the Doncaster man. Also, Grigg is an accomplished finisher in League One but Marquis has shown that he can do everything that the Northern Irishman can do, and he’s the man in-form at this moment in time.

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