Sunderland survey 2014: A striking lack of goal threat

Sunderland's Connor Wickham.
Sunderland's Connor Wickham.
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IF Sunderland are to prosper next season they urgently need to improve their goalscoring threat said fans in the Big Sunderland Survey.

Gus Poyet has so far made two summer signings - full-back Billy Jones and central midfielder Jordi Gomez.

But judging by the returns of our survey, it is what happens up front which will be most scrutinised by supporters this summer.

Asked the question: “Which position most needs strengthening?” the message came back loud and clear: Attack! Attack! Attack!

More fans voted for that category than the rest of the options - defence, midfield, goalkeeper - put together.

The ‘attack’ category polled almost twice as many votes as the next category: midfield - which polled 25 per cent of votes.

Just over 15 per cent thought that defence was the main priority and less than one per cent were concerned about the goalkeeping situation.

The situation with the strikers though was clearly exercising the minds of most fans, even though it is the one area where Sunderland have a full complement of staff - four strikers currently, Steven Fletcher, Jozy Altidore, Connor Wickham and Scocco; five if you include Danny Graham.

“A poor season from Altidore and too many injuries for Fletcher,” said Ian Mason of Whitley Bay.

Jeff Fenton of Sunderland said: “Connor Wickham’s the only one worth keeping, get shot of the rest and buy some good forwards.”

Jim Doolan of East Boldon said: “ A goalscoring striker with pace is obviously needed.”

John Smith of South Shields said: “You don’t stay up scoring less 40 goals. Last season we scored 41.”

That thought was echoed by Graeme Miller of Washington who said: “If you do not score goals you will not stay in the Premier League.

“We have struggled since we lost Danny Welbeck, Asamoah Gyan and Darren Bent under Steve Bruce.

“You have to find someone who scores 20 goals a season.”