players Sunderland needs to sign in January

The Transfer Series: Three Players Sunderland Needs To Sign In January

Sunderland has by far been the worst Premier League team this season as they currently sit rock-bottom of the table with five points including just one win after 11 games.

Jermain Defoe, the club’s top scorer last season, has already begun the campaign in fine form as he’s bagged six goals thus far (more than half of Sunderland’s overall tally), but the question is, with the lack of quality in Sunderland’s midfield, can he continue his goalscoring exploits?

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The Black Cats have conceded 21 goals so far this season, if they keep letting goals in at this rate, they’ll end up getting relegated. Their leaky defence, lethargic midfield, and single-minded attacking lineup needs to be addressed in the January transfer window hence as part of our transfer series; we take a look at three players Sunderland needs to sign in January;

Leonardo Ulloa


Ulloa played a bit-part role in Leicester City’s title campaign last season with Jamie Vardy and Okazaki being preferred up front. Slimani’s arrival at the King Power Stadium saw Ulloa plummet down the pecking order and now, he seems to be surplus to requirements at Leicester.

Sunderland has been linked with the Argentine striker recently as David Moyes looks to bolster the team’s attacking options.

Ulloa is reliable when called upon and could thrive playing alongside Jermain Defoe in a 4-4-2 as Sunderland may utilise the system which would see them feature two strikers for the rest of the season following the win against Bournemouth.

Victor Anichebe can bully defenders, but he lacks cutting-edge finishing, something which Leonardo Ulloa possesses in abundance.

His lack of game-time at Leicester City has seen his goal tally face a massive decline, but a move to Sunderland will help him get regular playing time, and he could potentially help the Black Cats stay up. Signing Ulloa will reportedly cost Sunderland £9m.

Mamadou Sakho

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Sakho doesn’t appear to be included in Jurgen Klopp’s long-term plans hence an exit in the January transfer window is quite likely. The 26-year-old will be available in the January transfer window for a fee believed to be in the region of £10.5m seeing as he’s yet to make any contributions to Liverpool’s current run in the league.

He could serve as a replacement for Lamine Kone who may be heading to the blue side of Merseyside in the winter window.

Sakho was a key figure for Liverpool in their run to the Europa League final, he galvanized the squad and scored some key goals, although his performances in the league were somewhat below par, due to his tendency to give out cheap goals.

Nonetheless, the Black Cats need a player capable of manning a back-four, and Sakho seems to be one of their best options within the Premier League.

Frank Kessie

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Sunderland’s midfield has been overrun for the entirety of the new season, and that’s probably due to a lack of a solid box-to-box midfielder capable of putting a stop to incoming attacks and also contributing to play.

Jack Rodwell has been unable to do that, although, David Moyes could look to sign Frank Kessie, an Ivorian midfielder that has been on Sunderland’s radar ever since Moyes took charge at the club.

Kessie currently plays in the Serie A for Atalanta, but he could be allowed to leave the club for a little over £5m – and judging by his bright start to the season, that’s more or less a bargain buy.

He’s quite similar to Chelsea’s N’golo Kante, as he can provide a solid base in the heart of Sunderland’s midfield thus establishing a strong spine for the club.

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He's well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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