After the high of reaching the League Cup semi-finals last month, Sunderland find themselves still stuck at the bottom of the table.
Gus Poyet's men have failed to score in three of their last five Premier League games, with a 1-0 home loss to Aston Villa the latest disappointment.
Steven Fletcher has bagged just three goals, while big summer signing Jozy Altidore has scored just one.
Clearly given their precarious league position, it should be all hands to the pump, and a striker who is actually in form should be given a chance to help inspire them?
That's exactly what they have in Connor Wickham, one of the disappointing signings of the Steve Bruce era, who has never lived up to the heavy expectations placed on him as a teenager.
He is currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, where he scored again yesterday in a 2-0 win over Blackpool.
Wickham now has seven goals in 11 starts for the Owls, who sit in 20th, importantly outside the Championship relegation zone.
He was given a chance early in the season at Sunderland, starting once and coming off the bench four times to no avail, and loaning him out then made sense.
Now he has found form and a goalscoring touch, the choice to extend his loan this week until the end of January may be one the Black Cats decide is their last piece of generosity.
Wickham is clearly Sheffield Wednesday's gain right now, but if Sunderland continue to sit in a troubled league position, it would be wise to bring him back to the Stadium of Light and hope he can provide a desperately needed spark, or even just the odd vital goal.
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