Sunderland were busy on both the incoming and outgoing fronts in January, with numerous players brought in and a couple leaving.
The likes of Will Grigg, Lewis Morgan, Grant Leadbitter and Kazaiah Sterling are all impressive signings on paper to strengthen the Black Cats’ promotion chase.
They were brought in to replace Ethan Robson and Josh Maja, who have moved to Scotland and France respectively.
Those two names will not have been the only ones who wanted a move away, so here are two players who must surely be frustrated they did not get a transfer…
Stryjek returned to Sunderland just before the January transfer window from his loan at Eastleigh. His boss there, Ben Strevens, said that the 22-year-old had been suffering from homesickness and he was given permission by Sunderland to go and see his family in Poland over Christmas.
He had been in fine form for the non-league outfit, playing 13 times, but he does not look set to get any first-team action for Sunderland before the end of the season.
A loan to a side in the North or to a team in Poland may have been good options so he can continue to play regular football and hopefully, not suffer from homesickness again. As that was not the case, that could be a potential move for Stryjek in the summer.
In the latter stages of the transfer window, Sky Sports News reported that Sunderland are open to a potential departure for Oviedo, but it was never to materialise.
Oviedo remains in the North East, having not played in over a month and he has not been involved in the matchday squad for the past four games.
With a number of foreign clubs reportedly interested in the Costa Rican’s services, as well as a Championship club, he will be frustrated at not having got a move away last month.