Lee Johnson has revealed that he believes that Sunderland are short on creativity in the middle of the park.
Ahead of the EFL League One clash away at Lincoln City, as relayed by The Chronicle, the former Bristol City boss admitted:
“If you look at the individual profiles of the roles, then in the midfield three, I still really think you’re ideally looking at a six, an eight and a ten.
“We’re probably still a little bit of creativity short in those middle positions.”
Johnson right to point out lack of midfield creativity
Johnson is right to point out the lack of creativity in the central midfield areas for the Stadium of Light faithful, given that Grant Leadbitter, Josh Scowen and Max Power have all yet to register a single assist between them so far in the league this term (Whoscored).
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The Black Cats have also only managed to score a mere 18 goals in 15 games so far in the league this season, with only eight other teams scoring fewer times despite them currently being in ninth spot in the table at the moment (BBC).
Perhaps this is an area that Johnson would be looking to strengthen in the January transfer window in order to try and push the Wearside club up the division with the end goal of getting promoted into the Championship come the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Nonetheless, the lack of assists or general creativity from the centre of the pitch should be a worry for both Johnson and the fans.
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