Gus Poyet comments on the future of Sunderland forward

Danny Graham And Nathan Dyer

Danny Graham has yet to find the net for Sunderland and is about to enter the final year of his contract.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has said he has yet to make a decision on the future of striker Danny Graham. 

Graham has struggled during his time at the Stadium of Light as he has yet to find the net since signing for the club from Swansea City. His spell at Sunderland has also featured loan spells at Middlesbrough and Watford.

Recently, Graham has started four of the last six games but has yet to find the net in that spell, but his manager seems to be pleased with his forward.

Poyet told the Sunderland Echo: “We are delighted with Danny. I think the fans are happy that he is playing too.

“I think normally, what happens this season will have a consequence for next season.

“But it would be very strange to make a decision now."

Graham is about to enter the last year of his contract at the Stadium of Light, so the club will soon face the dilemma of whether to offer him a new deal, try to cash in on the forward or to let him enter the final year of his contract and allow him to prove he is worthy of a new deal.

He has scored one goal during a short loan spell with Watford in the Championship earlier on in the season, and was on loan at Hull last term. Again, he only found the net once, while he averaged close to one in five during his time at Middlesbrough.

The 29-year-old's lack of goals will still be a concern, though. Especially, even with the signing of Jermain Defoe and a proven finisher in the Premier League in Steven Fletcher not finding the net with any degree of regularity, they could do with Graham finding his scoring touch.

While Poyet may like what he is seeing from Graham's all-round game, but the Black Cats remain the second lowest scorers in the division, and they need to find the net with more regularity going forward between now and the end of the season. When they face Aston Villa at the weekend, it would be a timely game for Graham to get his first Sunderland goal.

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