Sunderland have struggled for goals throughout the campaign so far, with their lack of a creative midfielder impeding the side.
Sunderland's decision to part with Stephane Sessegnon back in the summer of 2013 may be one that they are still regretting.
Sessegnon was sold by the Black Cats to West Bromwich Albion, but they could do with a player of his style in their squad at this moment in time.
Although it would be wrong to suggest that the 30-year-old was the perfect performer at the Stadium of Light, his maverick presence is something which the team miss.
Sessegnon was consistently inconsistent in the North East, but his ability to create something out of nothing is an asset which the side desperately lacks now.
Sunderland have struggled for goals throughout the campaign - scoring just 19 times in 22 Premier League matches - and there can be no questioning that Sessegnon would have enhanced their attacking quality.
A natural dribbler and a match-winner, Sessegnon offers the exact qualities that are missing from a Sunderland side that are generally quite workmanlike.
As it is, the Black Cats are thought to be on the lookout for more creative players in the January transfer window, but Gus Poyet may have had a solution to his current problem had the club kept hold of Sessegnon for a little while longer.