Sunderland shipped out as many as six players in the summer transfer window (both permanently and on loan), but one of them was not Danny Graham.
He should have been.
Graham has been on the books of Sunderland since January 2013, but he has scored just one goal in the Premier League.
Yes, only one goal. And Graham is a striker.
One could point out that the 30-year-old has been sent out on loan to Hull City, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the past two seasons, but then one should question why he was not kept at Sunderland in the first place.
Even during his loan spells, Graham struggled to score goals, and it has become pretty clear that he is not a striker who can do the job in the Premier League.
Graham is unlikely to get much playing time for Sunderland this season. Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher are ahead of him in the pecking order at the Stadium of Light.
The Englishman’s contract with the Black Cats runs out at the end of the season, and it is baffling that the Premier League outfit did not try to move him on in the summer and get some kind of a transfer fee.
Perhaps Sunderland tried and no one offered to sign Graham…