Sunderland could turn to the free agency market to replace Charlie Wyke, however, it appears unlikely that the Black Cats will indeed do so.
Wyke was recently hit with another knee injury that could see him miss the rest of 2018, which will come as a huge blow to the Stadium of Light outfit.
The former Bradford City hitman joined the Black Cats just this summer and would have been considered to have been one of their key men to help with their promotion charge to the Championship.
However, with the wage bill as high as it already is at the Stadium of Light outfit, it is likely that they would have to see players depart before they even consider adding another frontman to their side.
“It would be nice to, but I don’t think I will be able to,” Ross stated when asked if he could bring in a free agent.
“I said towards the end of the window that I wasn’t in a position to bring anyone else in and I haven’t heard anything to suggest that anything has changed.”
He later admitted that he would need to do his best with the players he has and will be hopeful that the club are in a good position when Wkye can make his return.
“I need to do the best I can with the players I have got and make sure we are still in a decent position at the turn of the year when Charlie becomes available again,” he added.
Sunderland will have been devastated with Wyke’s latest injury setback, however, Ross’ admission that he will find it difficult to add a replacement is refreshing.
The Black Cats currently have just Jerome Sinclair and teenager Josh Maja as their out-and-out strikers and the Stadium of Light outfit will be hoping they continue to produce the type of performances they have already produced.
The club are still reeling from the huge wages that their players had during their Premier League days and are thought to still be trying to offload Didier Ndong, who has been AWOL for the whole of the summer.
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