Sunderland needed to buy an attacking midfielder more than a striker.
Sunderland's agreement to sign Jermain Defoe is unlikely to have a major impact on their squad unless further additions follow him.
The Black Cats have moved to sign Defoe, as they look to increase their goal threat, but the addition of a potent striker is arguably not their most needed addition during the month.
Although Steven Fletcher has not been in great goalscoring form this season, he is usually clinical in front of goal and Defoe, at this stage of his career, is surely not too much of an improvement on the Scot.
Indeed, the main problem at the Stadium of Light this season hasn't actually been with the finishing, but with the lack of chances created.
Gus Poyet has adopted a back-to-basics approach after a harrowing 8-0 defeat to Southampton in the early stages of the campaign and it has meant that their ability to create chances has been affected.
Sunderland have utilised a system which includes just one striker and the front man has often cut an isolated figure.
The Black Cats possess a lot of brawn in midfielder, but there is a lack of guile and the addition of a creative, attack-mided midfielder was arguably more important than the capture of any front-man.
Poyet has moaned just this week, quoted by Goal.com, that Adam Johnson is the only Sunderland player stepping up to the plate in an offensive sense, but things are unlikely to be improved too drastically with Defoe's arrival alone.
Instead, Sunderland need to be making plans to make further additions in the near future because bringing in a poacher without having the players to provide him chances could be a costly mistake.