Sunderland

Sunderland are looking to sign two new players to cope with ongoing injury and illness issues.

That is according to Sunderland legend and former European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs ahead of the Black Cats’ meeting with Wimbledon on Saturday.

Conor McLaughlin, Danny Graham, Tom FlanaganWill GriggDenver Hume and Luke O’Nien are all currently unavailable with injury.

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Sunderland have also struggled with Covid-19 of late, with four December matches rearranged after outbreaks in their camp and while their squad has now made a full recovery the virus poses an ongoing threat.

With their squad depleted, Phillips suggests that manager Lee Johnson might have no choice but to address the problem in the transfer market.

He told Football Insider: “Injuries, coupled with Covid cases, it is a difficult time. When you have got four or five players out who would possibly be in contention to start, it does not help the situation.

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“They need to keep building, even though they are missing five or six key players, they have a good squad. Sunderland are still in a good position. They are not a million miles away from the play-offs.

“The injuries are not ideal though so I am sure it is something Lee is looking to address in the transfer market. I think he’ll be working to sign two more before the window shuts. Players that suit his style of play.” 

Sunderland currently sit 10th in the League One table after 19 matches.

This is the longest the club has ever spent outside the top two divisions and they will be hoping that 2020-21 will be the year they finally escape the third-tier.

In other news, Sunderland have approached a Premier League side with a bid to signing a promising young defender.