Sunderland’s major problem last season was a lack of goals, with the Black Cats finishing joint-second lowest scorers on 31 goals, but a former striker feels that they need not worry.
Don Goodman, who scored 40 goals in 112 games for Sunderland in the early 1990s, believes Sunderland already possess the league’s deadliest frontman in the form of Jermain Defoe.
Speaking to the Chronicle Live, Goodman said: “Jermain Defoe having a full pre-season under his belt will be massive, and hopefully he will come back firing on all cylinders.
“If he does, I don’t think there is another better goal-scorer in the Premier League than him.”
The ex-England international joined the Mackems in January this year and adapted reasonably well on his Premier League return. He managed four goals in 19 appearances and will be looking to push on after a full summer in his new surroundings.
Dick Advocaat has been active on the transfer front with new signing Sebastian Coates set to be joined by Nicolas Lombaerts and Adam Matthews according to reports by the likes of Sky Sports and the Daily Record.
Dynamo Kiev midfielder Jeremie Lens has also been targeted - per the Daily Mail - and further attacking reinforcements are likely to be drafted in with doubts surrounding the futures of Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher.
In Defoe, Sunderland no doubt possess a very capable goal-scorer and one of the most natural finishers the English game has seen, but there is no guarantee that he can recapture his form of old.
In what will be a crucial year for Advocaat, no risks should be taken and transfer activity on the striker front before the new season would be a sensible move from the Dutchman.