Sunderland are battling against being relegated for a third consecutive year, and fans in the Transfer Tavern will be hoping that the club can make a few crucial signings.
So far Sunderland have brought in six new players to the squad as they look to finally arrest their slump from the Premier League all the way to League One. One of the positions the club need to strengthen is up front. Academy graduate Joel Asoro had emerged as the club’s leading striker last season. The Swedish under-21 international is highly rated at the club but as of yet has not signed a new deal and according to the BBC, the Black Cats have accepted a £2 million bid from Swansea.
Although he only scored three goals last season, the youngster showed plenty of promise for the club. At only 19, the youngster is still learning his trade and still has plenty to come.
Sunderland were in a tough position as they striker only had one year left on his current deal and was yet to sign a new one. At the risk of losing him on a free next year, it makes sense to cash in on the striker now, albeit for a relatively cheap fee for his potential.
Sunderland have lost a potential star. Although he may not have been an instant goalscorer from day one, with a consistent run of games in first-team football, he may just turn out to be a top striker.
Sunderland fans – are you disappointed?