Alex Lee: Sunderland need to spend in January or turn to homegrown talent

Sunderland owner Ellis Short
Sunderland owner Ellis Short
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If someone had said to me in August that by this stage of the season we'd only be three points behind Chelsea, I'd have bitten their hand off.

I tried out this gag on Twitter a few days ago to rapturous applause.

It's a shame, then, that football's ultimate 'bought' team are languishing just above the drop zone while we take up our usual pre-Christmas position, nestling snugly among the gifts at the foot of the tree.

Those of you who saw my last blog when I bigged up Big Sam needn't start coughing into their Irish coffees and mulled wines just yet, however, as despite recent reversals against Arsenal and Watford there are a few signs that we've got what it takes to stay up.

Albeit by the skin off the top of our Christmas gravy.

It would be bonkers to assume that Ellis Short's arms (Ellis' short arms anyone?) will be digging too deep into his pockets come January, as it’s not like he's seen that much of a return on his investment since taking the SAFC chairman’s chair.

All we can hope is that the late, great Len Shackleton's assessment of the average football director undersells the role Short can still play in our continued Premier League journey and that the American gives Allardyce every last penny that he can realistically afford to spend in order to bring in a few new faces.

Failing that, why not give a few more of the Under-21s a run-out?

Watmore has been, generally, a roaring success and our young 'uns are sitting proudly atop of their league ahead of the likes of Spurs, Man City, Everton, Southampton, Man United, Chelsea, Leicester and Liverpool.

All we fans want is a side we can be proud of.

And what a bonus it would be if it featured two or three homegrown talents.

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