Donald’s Super Six transfer targets - here’s the options if they DONT sign

During an appearance on talkSPORT today, Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald admitted he will have to bring in another half a dozen players before the season starts.

by Molly_Burke Thursday, 26 July 2018 06:11 PM Comments

Donald spent his afternoon answering questions on talkSPORT and was happy to discuss new signings and his intention on bringing in numerous new faces, claiming we will need at least six new players through the door by deadline day.

Despite Jack Ross having already welcomed seven new signings to the club, it is clear that we need to delve deeper into the transfer market if we are to meet our ambitions for next season.

When speaking on talkSPORT Donald said:

"Jack Ross is more relaxed about it than I am. Looking at the team there's no doubt that we need some experience in there.

"We need a couple of strikers, a centre-back, possibly two, and a midfielder. We've got to try and get them over the line, we know who we want."

It is common knowledge that our attacking options are very limited, with Josh Maja being our only recognised striker, as new man Chris Maguire isn't seen as an out-and-out forward. 

Donald has made it clear that bringing in more attackers is a priority, having already missed out on Mohamed Eisa to Bristol City. 

While it is unlikely that we will start the season without another striker, our lack of goals last season shows exactly why us bringing in a proven scorer is so important. Another season without someone capable of winning us games could be disastrous for us. 

Donald's admitting that we also need to bring in a midfielder confirms what we already knew - that the George Evans deal fell through and we are once again on the hunt for someone to run things from the middle of the park.

Having reported yesterday that the club are looking to offload Lee Cattermole, it is looking like our midfield options include youngsters Elliott Embleton and Ethan Robson, and while they both have a lot of potential I'm not sure they are quite ready to be starting week in week out. 

In terms of our centre-backs, new signings Alim Ozturk and Tom Flanagan have been partnering up at the back during pre-season, with ex Sheffield Wednesday defender Glen Loovens being brought in to give us another option in defence. Each signing seems capable of impressing for Sunderland, but a lack of options at the back has been an issue for us for a while and Donald is right in thinking we need to strengthen that area. 

The chairman has claimed we do have the money to spend "but we've got to do it wisely" and if himself and Jack Ross are to bring in another half a dozen players in those positions then things will be looking very positive moving into the 2018/19 season. 


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