Sunderland are one of the teams to beat in League One at this moment in time as they continue to chase down an automatic promotion place.
Indeed, the Black Cats find themselves in a very promising position at this moment in time but things could all change in the blink of an eye, with a number of teams fighting for a limited amount of places.
Stewart Donald played a big part during the January transfer window as he managed to secure the services of Will Grigg, Kaziah Sterling, Jimmy Dunne, Lewis Morgan and Grant Leadbitter.
But, things could have been a whole lot better, especially on the attacking front, if Donald had secured the services of another prolific striker. Sterling is a very promising player who will no doubt go on to enjoy a very successful future in the Premier League, but his lack of experience in the Football League could come back to bite them.
One player who Sunderland tried to sign during the January transfer window was Doncaster Rovers’ John Marquis, but Doncaster boss Grant McCann rejected a number of bids.
Of course, securing the services of Will Grigg was huge for Sunderland but bringing Marquis to the Stadium of light as well would have made their attack unstoppable. Indeed, Marquis currently has 20 goals to his name in all competitions this season, which includes 16 in League One, while Grigg managed to find the back of the net 26 times in all competitions last season. Both players can ensure a consistent flow of goals and would’ve complimented each other’s games massively, with a mixture of pace, height and strength between them.
Indeed, a strike partnership that involves Grigg and Marquis would have sent Sunderland supporters to dreamland, with two of League One’s most prolific strikers in recent years alongside each other.
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