Sunderland will have their sights set on securing promotion straight back to the Championship at the first time of asking, having impressed up until this point under Jack Ross.
The Black Cats haven’t exactly been at their best in recent times as they continue to drop points in games that they really should be winning, but the important thing is that they’re not losing.
Ross has had to deal with a number of injuries in the current campaign, which has had a negative affect on how he sets his side up in different competitions. But, the Black Cats’ January transfer window business will hopefully help their promotion push during the second half of the season, with possibly one more signing to come.
Nevertheless, this is what Sunderland’s strongest January XI would look like if injuries weren’t a thing and things go their way in the remaining days in the transfer window…
THE STRONGEST POST-JANUARY SUNDERLAND XI
Jon McLaughlin has been incredible for the Black Cats in the current campaign as he continues to boost Sunderland’s promotion push with key performances.
Ross secured the services of Jimmy Dunne on loan from Burnley in the January transfer window, so he didn’t need to go out and look for any other defensive reinforcements. Tom Flanagan and Reece James have been hugely impressive, while Adam Matthews would slot right into the starting XI if fit.
Sunderland have had a settled midfield right the way through the current campaign, other than in the case of injuries, as the likes of Max Power and Lee Cattermole have formed a fiery partnership in the middle of midfield. Meanwhile, George Honeyman, Aiden McGeady and Lynden Gooch continue to produce goals and assists as three of the club’s standout performers in the final third this season.
Lastly, Josh Maja has reportedly (as per Chronicle Live) agreed a £3.5 million move to Bordeaux, which has left Sunderland with a huge void to fill. But, Sunderland remain keen (per Sunderland Echo) on Will Grigg, so it looks as if he could be the man to take his place. He has made a name for himself by scoring an impressive amount of goals in League One in previous years, including 26 last season, so he has the ability to fire them to promotion.
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