The main area Sunderland need to reinforce in the summer

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Sunderland should sign a proven goalscorer in his mid-20s in the summer transfer window to cope with Premier League or Championship demands next season.

Sunderland may or may not remain in the Premier League next season, but there is one area they need to strengthen in the summer: the forward-line.

The Black Cats have struggled for goals throughout the 2014-15 campaign, and the arrival of Jermain Defoe in the January transfer window has not helped.

The 32-year-old former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur striker has scored just two goals and created only three chances in nine Premier League appearances.

Defoe has a shot accuracy of just 54%. Seven of his shots have been on target; six have been off target and four have been blocked.

The Englishman knows the Premier League inside out, but he has yet to recover his best form. Sunderland simply cannot afford to rely on him next season, irrespective of them remaining in the Premier League or going down to the Championship.

Sunderland have three other recognised forwards, but neither of them is particularly great or prolific.

Scotland international Steven Fletcher has scored just four goals in 24 Premier League appearances so far this season.

Danny Graham has not scored in the league at all this campaign, while 21-year-old Connor Wickham is still learning and has found the target three times in 28 league matches.

Defoe could still find his feet in the coming weeks, but given the fact that he is 32, Sunderland would be wise to invest in someone who is a proven goalscorer and is in his mid-20s.

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