Ashley Fletcher runs with the ball during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Middlesbrough and Brighton and Hove Albion.
Sunderland had a busy transfer deadline day in the end, bringing in three players on loan in Cardiff City goalkeeper Lee Camp, Liverpool youngster Ovie Ejaria and Middlesbrough striker Ashley Fletcher.
With Jake Clarke-Salter, also a loan from Chelsea, and Kazenga LuaLua arriving on a free transfer from Brighton and Hove Albion earlier in the month it was a decent window for manager Chris Coleman.
Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland, walks to the changing rooms at the end of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match against Birmingham City.
However, despite Fletcher coming in from Boro until the end of the season, with James Vaughan joining Wigan Athletic and Lewis Grabban being recalled by Bournemouth from his own loan spell and subsequently sent to Aston Villa, the Black Cats are lacking numbers upfront.
Teenagers Joel Asoro and Josh Maja have been entrusted with more game time by Coleman and show promise, but have also only scored two Championship goals between them in 20 appearances this season.
Fletcher is also lacking experience, with the Manchester United academy product having played 66 first team matches and scored 12 goals in total despite now being 22-years-old.
Joel Asoro (R) of Sunderland challenged by Leandro Bacuna of Reading during the Sky Bet Championship match at Stadium of Light.
This is not to say that Coleman is wrong, and in many ways has no other choice, to give youth a chance but perhaps an experienced striker could have complemented them.
Of course the Welshman did have his eye on one in the shape of Derby County's Chris Martin, but as the Chronicle reports the Wearsiders pulled back from the deal when the 29-year-old delayed for too long and the Scotland international has since joined Reading on a temporary deal.
Chris Martin of Derby County and Tom Flanagan of Burton Albion in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at iPro Stadium.