Sunderland star Adam Johnson has told the Chronicle the current squad is the strongest it’s ever been since he came to the club.
It’s an odd claim considering Sunderland are two points above the bottom three in the Premier League, having just lost 2-0 in front of their own fans against QPR earlier this week.
“I think the squad is probably as strong as it’s ever been since I’ve been here and that’s always going to be a good thing,” said Johnson.
“It will be great when we have everyone fit because I don’t think we have had a fully-fit squad (all) at once and we have had a few injuries in recent weeks.”
That creates squad competition, which is healthy, but it’s arguable that Sunderland need a settled team and system over the next few weeks as they go after results.
It’s difficult for Sunderland to plan for when they’ll have a fully fit squad and difficult for the manager to prepare his best team, with so many players unavailable.
Sunderland have 13 games left in the season, which is a healthy amount of time for the side to accumulate points and rise up the table.
However, the defeat to QPR earlier this week showed a need for the side to go back to basics and find a way of getting results, rather than stressing the benefits of their strongest eleven, which isn’t available.