Josh Maja scored 15 goals in his 23 games for Sunderland in League One before he left for Bordeaux in January and the Black Cats are yet to get over that departure. Still, one man who could soothe the pain of Maja’s exit would be the signing of Lawrence Shankland, Ayr United’s 34 goal striker.
In the last two seasons for Ayr United Shankland has scored 50 league goals for The Honest Men as they won the Scottish Third Division and finished 4th in their debut season back in the Scottish Championship. Now, though, it seems Ayr won’t stand in the 23-year-old Glaswegian’s way and The Evening Times claim he’ll be allowed to leave for free when the season ends.
Jack Ross has struggled with goals since Maja left the club and that has resulted in a ridiculous amount of games being drawn. Eight of their 19 League One clashes since the departure of Maja have ended level and should Shankland have been at the club from January then the Mackems could easily be sitting in the same place as Luton and Barnsley, who are now preparing for Championship football.
Goals are crucial and any team looking for promotion bar a very rare few are successful because of one man that takes the goalscoring burden on their shoulders and shines. That is what Lawrence Shankland (who was touted as a potential target for Sunderland by Wales Online just before the January window) has done for Ayr United in the last couple of seasons, and now with the 23-year-old leaving the club on a free transfer as his contract expires, the Stadium of Light should be his next home.
It won’t be easy to convince the young striker considering some of the clubs that will be after him, but Sunderland have got a project going on and will aim to be back in the Premier League as soon as possible. Having a young goal machine like Shankland would be key to making that happen, and the young Scot could easily outdo the legacy of Josh Maja if he is to sign anyway.
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