Kevin Phillips has tipped Sunderland to sign a replacement for the injured Lynden Gooch if a proposed takeover is completed before January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the legendary former Black Cats striker claimed it was a “big blow” for Phil Parkinson to lose Gooch for an extended period.
The Sunderland manager confirmed the USA international will miss up to a month of action with an ankle injury.
The 24-year-old has scored twice and provided six assists in 14 games across all competitions this season.
The versatile forward has featured in all of the Black Cats’ League One games this season and Phillips insisted he will be a huge miss.
He told Football Insider: “It is a big blow to lose a player of his quality. He can turn a match on his head, he is a very offensive player who has skill.
“It is a blow and another thing that Phil has to deal with. Sadly it is part and parcel of football. When you are down, people tread on you. You just do not get the rub of the green, you do not get that bit of luck.
“It is unfortunate to lose him, it will be a big blow.
“Hopefully, if the new owners come in they can make some money available and bring another player through the door in January to cover that area.”
Sunderland owner Stewart Donald is currently in talks to sell the club to director Juan Sartori and Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.
Louis-Dreyfus is one of three heirs to his father’s fortune and is estimated to have a trust fund worth more than £2bn that is held by his mother.
In other Sunderland news, Phillips has dropped a “huge” verdict on the future of Phil Parkinson.