SUNDERLAND’S priority in the transfer market this summer has to be the attacking positions.
We have not got unlimited funds so Martin O’Neill has to target positions that need improving more than others.
It does not look as if Nicklas Bendtner will return so O’Neill may need to bring in a couple of strikers.
When everyone is fully fit, Sunderland have actually got plenty of defenders. Wes Brown, Kieran Richardson and Titus Bramble have all missed large chunks of the season through injury, yet they are still on the club’s books.
The really pressing issue is to sign a striker, because Sunderland have arguably still not replaced Darren Bent. No one has got into double figures this season.
The likes of Adam Johnson, Victor Moses and Junior Hoilett have already been linked and they are the sort of players that Sunderland need.
There are plenty of options out there and it’s O’Neill’s job to pick the right ones.
Fraizer Campbell had a chance on Sunday, as he did last week, and that has been a recurring theme over the last two months – squandering good opportunities.
Big chances like that in games like that have to be taken, otherwise you get punished.
I am sure that will be something that the manager looks at during the summer.
Martin O’Neill came in and had to hit the ground running from day one, but now he can take stock, look at his priorities and see where we go from here.
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