Do Sunderland Need Another Striker?

This summer has been a rollercoaster of a ride in terms of transfers for Sunderland.

With nine players already signed and potentially one or two due in, the entire squad has had a massive facelift with the majority of the changes being made in the centre and defensive side of squad.

Three forwards have been signed so far under Paolo Di Canio; Jozy Altidore, David Moberg Karlsson and Duncan Watmore, the latter will no doubt feature in the development squad after impressing for Altrincham FC at the start of his young career.

Already, Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham, Ji Dong-Won and as much as this irks some fans, Stephane Sessegnon add up to a decent setup for the Black Cats.

The question is, do Sunderland need to buy another striker?

Names have been linked within the club, which of course is pretty standard around this time, but none have been standalone targets.Six forwards in the squad could suffice, it just depends how PDC utilises them in his setup and if he sees them staying at the club.

Some will argue that Sunderland need another strike with a lot of Premiership experience and can poach goals, well that might be the case, but where do they look for one that can suit Ellis Short’s budget?

These days, quality strikers can cost a fortune, unless you’re Swansea and buy Michu for next to nothing and watch as he scores 22 goals in his first season. Basically, you need big bucks to get that kind of class, particularly if they are British, just look how much Fletcher cost last year.

Last season, 18 of the 41 goals scored were by forwards (Fletcher 11 and Sessegnon 7), with the remaining scored by midfield and defenders - only a little cause for concern, end of the day goals are still being scored. 

But in a way, it is positive that goals did come from all areas last season and that the burden didn't fall too heavily on the likes of Fletcher when he was brought in and when he was ruled out with an injury towards the end of the last campaign.

In reality, the striker option can be assessed fairly quickly, Di Canio has the men he wants in now and did so very early, which is vital for cohesion and allowing new players to settle in ahead of the start of the 2013/14 season. It’s the fullback position that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

If the likes of say, a Charlie Austin or a Van Persie-like player can be unearthed by the new scouting team in the next three weeks or so, then the season can look prosperous.

Either way, the way the club is currently being run, the way business is being done and the way Paolo Di Canio is setting standards and expectations, this is what the club has lacked for years.

Bringing in that striker could be final piece of this exciting puzzle being put together, it may be difference to progressing the club from mid-table pushers to top ten and potentially in a few years, top six contenders.


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