The punters here at the Transfer Tavern are wondering if this is finally the year that Sunderland fail to make the great escape.
It has been the same old story for the Black Cats in recent seasons, where they are often left in a relegation battle all year, before eventually putting together a run of form towards the end of the season to beat the drop.
This year it is the task of Sam Allardyce, who replaced the recently departed Dick Advocaat. Sunderland have had a typically awful start to the season, most recently getting thumped 6-2 by Everton. One thing that the former manager Advocaat did pick up, however, was that in recent years the recruitment at Sunderland had been desperately poor.
Quite simply, previous Sunderland managers had been spending far too much money on very average players, and this year they might finally be made to pay for it. Known as a manager who prides himself on a strong defensive foundation, Sunderland will look to bring in some signings of their own, something that we here at the Transfer Tavern had recently covered.
However, while Allardyce needs to bring in new recruits, he also needs to trim and refine a very average squad. Here below are five players who Sunderland could afford to give the axe this winter.
Hit Allardyce below to see FIVE players Sunderland should axe in January!
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