After a defeat to Shrewsbury Town last weekend, Sunderland fans will be turning their attention to their next League One fixture against Southend United.
But while the short term goal is beating the Shrimpers, many fans have turned their clocks forward by a couple of months to January. The winter transfer market is a great time for teams to make improvements to their squads, but what if the fans were in charge?
These Sunderland fans have their say regarding what kind of business they would prioritise. The most common answer among fans was to target players with pace during January, with many supporters indicating that speed must be injected into their forward line.
We need strikers with pace and aggression. Two full backs and Ethan Robson back.
— kevin defty (@kevindefty1) October 27, 2019
PACE PACE PACE out wide and upfront. We must have the slowest teams in the EFL!
— Kiran Savage (@KiranSavage) October 27, 2019
I would love us to add some pace to our attack Watmore proved on tuesday what a difference it makes and stops us being so laboured and 1 dimensional when we transition from defence to attack. Tarique Fosu and Jordan Clarke-Harris would be ideal acquisition as both would add pace
— Steven Elliott (@ElliottSAFC) October 27, 2019
Pace and lot of it
— darksidemackem (@darksidemackem) October 27, 2019
Other fans were just crying out for more firepower up top in general. One fan suggests pairing the purchase of a forward with a quality midfielder, while another suggests buying two strikers from the Championship who can come in and make an instant impact.
We need a goal scorer and a quality CM
— Paul Hutchinson (@Ph65PauloDingle) October 27, 2019
Strikers win matches .2 proven bench warmers from championship
— Darren Leech (@DarrenLeech7) October 27, 2019
Others suggested that there may be no transfer budget at all. Despite this, one supporter doesn’t think the club needs to spend in order to achieve promotion, stating that many great players are available on a free transfer.
I’d be surprised if we spent anything. I don’t think we’ll have a transfer budget #safc
— Graeme Field (@Fieldo100) October 27, 2019
DS will strengthen the areas where he can get players for free. Because we all need to remember that you do not need to spend to get out of this league !!!!
— David Gray (@SAFC_DAVE) October 27, 2019
What do we think?
While there are a few fans who have their own separate opinions, most Sunderland fans are crying out for pace. If the club can recruit efficiently in the next transfer window, there is every chance that the Black Cats can claw their way back into the Championship.