Sunderland will be desperate to secure an automatic promotion place in the current campaign, but they just haven’t been able to turn one point into three in recent times.
The Black Cats have certainly come on leaps and bounds under Jack Ross and are in with a good chance of securing promotion to the Championship, but the January transfer window will hold the key.
Indeed, one area that Ross could do with improving is at the heart of the midfield, despite Max Power’s dominance in recent times, as they’ve lacked a goal threat from that specific area and could do with reinforcements.
Lee Cattermole is getting on with age and has spent time out on the sidelines due to injury this season, so bringing in a midfielder could prove vital in the second half of the season.
Sunderland are within touching distance of a promotion place, so a quality January signing could tip the balance.
One player who has struggled to enjoy regular first-team minutes this season is Arsenal’s Joe Willock.
The midfielder will no doubt play a huge part in the future of the North London club, but he has been linked with a move to Sunderland and his loan exit is reportedly imminent, so perhaps the Black Cats can strike up a deal.
Willock has scored eight goals in 13 appearances this season, including two against Blackpool in the FA Cup recently, so it’s clear to see that he has plenty of ability already at just 19 years of age.
Nevertheless, securing the services of the midfielder would gift Sunderland the final piece in their promotion puzzle as the Englishman has shown that he can score bags of goals from midfield areas, with his passing ability and defensive instincts making him an asset in all areas of the field. And, the youngster would provide competition and cover for Sunderland’s limited amount of midfielders, which would benefit them massively in the long run.
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