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Life without Asoro: Jack Ross must consider these potential Sunderland replacements ASAP

According to Roker Report, Sunderland manager Jack Ross is focusing on bringing goalscoring talent to the club as they prepare for life without Joel Asoro.

The 19-year-old Asoro has been one of the few bright spots amidst the Black Cats’ spectacular fall from grace, but now looks unlikely to sign a new contract with the club heading into the final year of his current deal.

This means Sunderland will likely be looking to cash in on the under-21 Swedish international this summer. It also means Ross will need to replace Asoro’s goals, creativity and dynamism if Sunderland are going to make an immediate return to the second tier. 

Marc McNulty

McNulty enjoyed the most prolific season of his career as he fired Coventry City to promotion from League Two last season with 23 goals. 

At 25 and heading into his peak years, his Transfermarkt valuation of £180k looks like a steal. 

Whether he would lead the line for Sunderland or provide great competition and back up from the bench, McNulty’s goalscoring instincts and experience of the division would prove useful to Jack Ross’ squad.

Eddie Nketiah

Following his breakout season, which saw him bag a brace in only his second game, Arsenal may prefer to send Eddie Nketiah out on loan to a Championship outfit. 

But, there would be some benefits of dropping him into League One with The Black Cats instead.

They may be in the third tier, but Sunderland are still a huge club and the responsibilities and pressures that come with leading the line for such a team would be an invaluable experience for Nketiah at this stage of his career. 

The England under-21 international would also be all but guaranteed game time at the Stadium of Light, which could make it a tempting switch for him. 

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