Sunderland need to strengthen their squad in January.
The upcoming January transfer window is a big month for the Wearside outfit and represents a real opportunity for Sam Allardyce to bring in players who ultimately fit in with his philosophy.
However, the former Blackburn Rovers boss remains philosophical over his side’s chances of making a splash in the transfer market and concedes he will be content with just two additions.
“You can be told a player is available and then when you move for them, you get ‘who told you he was available for this or that?’. I’ve found it very difficult indeed,” Allardyce explains.
“One, is he available, yes. Two, what is it financially? Three, I’m not really sure he wants to come and be involved in a relegation battle so we move on.”
“So, there will be many disappointments because I find the success rate in January very low indeed.”
“I’d like to bring none in! I want the players here to be achieving more than they have been because that would make my job a lot easier. If we bring in two players I think we will have done well.”
Sunderland’s biggest issues at present is their lack of creativity, with only four Premier League teams scoring less than the 17 they’ve managed to notch so far this season.
But who can the Black Cats buy in January to make the difference? Somebody good enough to play regularly elsewhere isn’t likely to join the club while in serious danger of going down.
Allardyce’s best bet could be to look abroad, though the risk of bringing in a player lacking in Premier League experience is there to see with bottom club Aston Villa.
The Stadium of Light outfit are in a pickle and with games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool on the horizon, the situation may look a little bleaker come the turn of the New Year.