Report: Sunderland target physical striker, as Advocaat admits Jermain Defoe weakness

Sunderland are looking to bring in another striker this summer.

As reported by the Sunderland Echo, Dick Advocaat is looking to bring in another physical striker this summer using the transfer funds received from selling Connor Wickham, as he believes his players are not suited to his style of play.

He said: “The second half [against Leicester] was a little bit better with [Jermain] Defoe not on his own up there. With Fletcher, it’s a different story, so maybe we have to change that.Defoe on his own is not possible.”

In the 4-2 loss to Leicester City, Sunderland looked remarkably poor, and the only highlights were the goals by Defoe and Steven Fletcher.

Advocaat started the game in his favoured 4-3-3 formation, but pulled off Lee Cattermole after half an hour to bring on Fletcher, so as to ensure Defoe was not left up front alone.

Defoe is known as a good finisher, but his abilities to lead a line are hardly praised, and it was a surprise to see the Dutch boss choose to play the 4-3-3 system.

Due to these issues, and Advocaat’s desire to play his preferred system, the report states that the Black Cats are looking to bring in a new forward able to hold the line on his own, with wingers alongside him.

Jordan Rhodes is named in the report as a player linked with the club, but Advocaat would prefer a more physical presence, despite Rhodes’ impressive goal haul in the Championship.

Fletcher can play the more dominating striker role, but his lack of goals is a worry for the club, despite netting on opening day. He is a good back-up option, but as a main Premier League striker, he is far from the quality needed.

The report also indicates that Advocaat is in the market for a new attacking midfielder, having seen a deal for QPR’s Leroy Fer fall through after he failed his medical.

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