Sunderland have announced the signing of Chris Maguire on a two-year deal from League-One relegated Bury, and their suffering fans inside the Transfer Tavern should see this as a step in the right direction.
The deal was sealed on Monday for an undisclosed fee and comes after the 29-year-old forward scored just three goals in England’s third tier last season. The Tavern’s Mackems could be forgiven for being underwhelmed by the signing, but in truth, it’s far better than paying large sums to a bunch of Premier League rejects.
Everyone knows this isn’t where a club the size of Sunderland should be, but the more at board level who accept that’s where they are, the better chance they have of escaping.
According to The Mirror’s Transfer Live Blog, senior players Didier Ndong, Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri and Papy Djilobodji have all informed the club they want to leave this summer.
The board won’t cheer the news, but their wages are too high for a League One club and only Kone played for Sunderland last season with the rest out on loan.
They’ve plummeted so quickly their revolving door is in overload, but the best thing to do now is employ players who know the division and can pull together to get out of it. During the 2016/17 season at Oxford United, Maguire scored 17 goals and racked up 12 assists having helped them out of League Two the previous season.
He’s proven he can excel at this level and will be hungry to get back to form, just like Sunderland are.
The board has had its shake up and the wage bill needs to be slashed again, so now it’s time Sunderland made a fresh start and the fans got behind the club.
Do you think Maguire can lead Sunderland to promotion this season?