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Introducing: The man to replace Maja at Sunderland, Greg Stewart

Introducing: The man to replace Maja at Sunderland, Greg Stewart

Sunderland will be desperate to improve on their recent run of results as they’ve let far too many promising positions slip in recent times. 

The Black Cats have definitely established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in League One this season, but they’re far from the finished product under Jack Ross.

Indeed, the Wearside club could do with bringing in attacking reinforcements to really sure things up, with Josh Maja potentially (as per the Sun) heading for the exits at the Stadium of Light.

So, this month could prove crucial as finding a replacement for Maja may be difficult.

Interestingly, according to the Sun on Sunday (13/1; page 59) (via HITC), Josh Maja’s agent is apparently close to agreeing a deal with a mystery German side.

The Englishman has established himself as one of the hottest topics in English football this season, with 15 goals to his name in 29 appearances in all competitions. He has all the ingredients to become a future star and arguably deserves a move to a bigger club, but this may not be the right time amid a promotion push with Sunderland.

Maja has played a key part in the Black Cats’ rise under Jack Ross and he would arguably play an even bigger part in the second half of the season with his ability to score goals. But, an exit looks more likely at this stage.

One player who has been linked (as per the Sunderland Echo) with a move to the Stadium of Light is Will Grigg.

Indeed, the forward has been prolific during his time in League One, scoring 26 goals during Wigan Athletic’s title-winning season last time out. But, he just hasn’t been able to hit the heights in the Championship in the current campaign as he continues to disappoint, with a move back down the Football League ladder in the offing.

However, with the Northern Ireland international currently struggling for form, it would make sense for Stewart Donald to set his sights on a different attacking outlet.

The Black Cats are reportedly (as per the Scottish Sun) interested in securing the services of Birmingham City striker Greg Stewart, who set the Scottish Premiership alight in the first half of the season by producing eight goals and seven assists during his loan spell at Kilmarnock.

Donald could really make a name for himself by landing the Scotsman, as he has displayed his ability to create and score goals in the current campaign, which would benefit the Black Cats massively in the final third. He offers a different dynamic as a fast, direct runner who can throw in a few skills to get past the opposition.

And, with Aberdeen interested and a number of other clubs possibly joining the race, the Wearside club could make a big statement by splashing out on the attacker, as Ross has stated that funds are available.

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