Ellis Simms' injury means Sunderland may look to the free agent market to add attacking reinforcements (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Nine attacking free agents Sunderland could sign following Ellis Simms injury - and one they won’t

Ellis Simms’ injury will be a major setback for Sunderland - although it didn’t affect them too much at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

Tony Mowbray’s side were still able to take home all three points on Wednesday night, courtesy of goals from Jack Clarke and Patrick Roberts.

Whilst it was an impressive win for the Black Cats, the night was overshadowed somewhat by Simms’ early injury blow.

Sunderland are waiting to find out the full extent of the injury but with Ross Stewart sidelined for another six weeks, it leaves Mowbray’s side very short of options at the top of the pitch.

Roberts, Clarke and Alex Pritchard showed on Wednesday that they could cope in Simms’ absence, but the injuries have highlighted the need for more cover up-front.

Here, we take a look at nine attacking free agents that Sunderland could sign to help in Simms and Stewart’s absence:

Would you like to see any of these at the Stadium of Light this season?

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