Sunderland are set to dip back into the transfer market after Phil Parkinson confirmed that the club is looking at free agents who could potentially replace the injured Bailey Wright.
Wright had secured a place in the starting line-up after arriving on loan from Bristol City but he picked up an injury against Oxford, and could now be out for the rest of the season. It is undoubtedly a blow for Phil Parkinson as he not only loses a dependable figure at the back, but it also scuppers the plans he had seemingly made in January- to have five centre-backs competing for three places.
If Alim Ozturk is called up to replace the Australia international it will leave Joel Lynch as the only available senior centre-back at the club, and it seems the Black Cats’ boss is keen to address that.
In wake of Bailey Wright injury, Parkinson says #SAFC have identified a couple of free agents who could be brought in to bring the squad back up to strength. Much will depend on how close to full fitness they are
— James Hunter (@JHunterChron) February 20, 2020
Parkinson revealed his plans in his Bristol Rovers pre-match conference, and it indicates that he may be fearful that promotion could now hang in the balance.
Ozturk is a reliable back-up option given Sunderland have only conceded once in the last five games in which he has appeared, but if he or another centre-back is unavailable for a period then the north-east outfit could begin to struggle.
Signing a free agent may seem like a worrying back-up option to call upon but there are a number of centre-backs with League One experience available, such as former Sunderland player Marc Wilson and ex-Luton player Alan Sheehan, who captained the Hatters to the League One title last term.
Sunderland have 13 games remaining and providing their current options stay fit they should be confident of keeping things tight enough at the back to win the games necessary to go up. After all, they have conceded just two goals in eight games.
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