Fan blog: Sunderland need a consistent striker if they are to win promotion

During Sunderland's term in League One, the Black Cats have had their fair share of strikers.

Sunday, 20th September 2020, 11:30 am

From Josh Maja to Kyle Lafferty, both Jack Ross and Phil Parkinson have never stuck with one striker for the full season, so could this season be that season?

Considering the first two League One matches, the answer to that question is no. The inconsistency of a main striker is clear, with Phil Parkinson unable to stick with one main forward leading the line.

Last week, Will Grigg led the line, as he did seven days earlier.

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Sunderland beat Oxford United 2-0 on Saturday.

Perhaps, the performance from Grigg against the Pirates didn't satisfy the boss as he was replaced by Danny Graham for Saturday's victory against Oxford United.

On Saturday, it was clear from Graham that the passion and the desire is there, but for some fans who look at the result, they may be attracted away from the fact that Graham didn't score.

But, if the Sunderland forward carries on in the way that he has begun his second spell with the Wearsiders, I have no doubt that a goal is on the way from him.

Meanwhile, there could still be a part to play for Charlie Wyke.

He has been given a number of chances during his time at the club but he has been unable to make a massive impact and hasn't been a prolific striker.

With only nine goals in 54 matches, he hasn't been able to live up to the stats.

At both Bradford and Carlisle, he netted a goal around every 2/3 matches, but at the Black Cats, that ratio has increased to one every six games.

In the next couple of weeks, it may become clearer as to who will be Parkinson's number one striker, and hopefully they can help Sunderland to promotion.

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