Two key positions Sunderland should consider whilst exploring loan market

A general view of Stadium of Light ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Stoke City at Stadium of Light on November 28, 2015 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland have had an incredibly successful transfer window this summer, but still require two players to ensure their promotion target can be achieved.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross takes questions during a press conference at The Stadium of Light on August 2, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross has made some shrewd additions to his League One side this summer, but time has ran out to sign much needed reinforcements on a permanent basis.

With the possibility of signing permanent players now over until January, the Black Cats should look to explore available players on loan this month, with Football League clubs allocated more time to bring in temporary signings.

And as the 42-year-old looks at what is available to his Sunderland side before the loan window shuts in late August, the Scot should be looking specifically for a striker and a winger, with his side lacking strength in depth in those areas. 

 

The Black Cats have signed a few strikers this window, with Bradford City talisman Charlie Wyke having singed, as well as Watford youngster Jerome Sinclair linking up with the third tier side on loan. 

However, with Wyke and Sinclair sidelined through injury, as well as Duncan Watmore not yet fit to take part in a game, Sunderland are having to rely on young players Andrew Nelson and Josh Maja to perform up front.

The former St Mirren manager may be keen to look at out of favour or younger players within clubs in higher divisions to bring extra quality to his side, something that he has already done with the injured Sinclair. 

Josh Maja of Sunderland celebrates with team-mates after he scores his team's first goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Charlton Athletic at Stadium of Light on...

The second all important area Sunderland should look to bolster is a winger, with only a few options for 42-year-old Ross to choose from in that position.

Both Chris Maguire and Lynden Gooch impressed in the wide area's when the Wearside team ran out victors against Charlton last weekend, but competition for places is at a minimum on the wing. 

Despite fans of Sunderland preferring players to be signed permanently, loan signings may help new owner Stewart Donald to balance the books this season, something that the Black Cats were keen to do at the start of a new era on Wearside.

Sunderland fans celebrate during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

 

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