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The extent to which Sunderland has failed in the transfer market in recent years can always go back to the 2019 window.
At first glance, it looked like Josh Maja was going to stay at the Stadium of Light. However, his agent managed to close a deal with Bordeaux and he left the Mackems.
Consequently, they were left needing a striker to fill the void of the fifteen goals that had been taken to France.
That, however, did not turn out well. Sunderland entered the transfer deadline still needing a center forward and, as a result, rival clubs could chain them.
That’s exactly what happened to Stewart Donald. He failed with several offers for Wigan attacker Will Grigg before finally landing him for £ 4 million.
Financially it was a shocking business, but at least they were hiring someone with a proven track record in League One. He had scored 19 for Wigan in the same division just a year earlier, leading the Latics to promotion.
To say that things have not worked out since then would be an understatement. He has only scored eight times after arriving and still haven’t found the back of the net in 2019/20.
Should Sunderland have signed Forss?
At Wimbledon, however, another striker was scoring goals on a regular basis, one that the Black Cats let slip through their net.
After leaving West Brom in the summer of 2018, Finnish forward Marcus Forss had a judgment with Sunderland. They decided not to sign it and instead went and signed terms with Brentford.
A loan period followed last season where Forss pocketed eleven times in just 18 third-level outings. Since returning to the Bees, he has scored goals again, this time in the Championship. In 19 appearances this season, the 21-year-old beast has found the net Seven times.
This is a young individual who knows where the goal is and appears to be a player Lee Johnson is crying for.
Criticism, therefore, should go to Donald and the Mackems’ scouts for not hiring him.
Forss has now been linked with Borussia Dortmund and could move to one of the most prestigious clubs in European football.
Had he signed for Sunderland, who knows where they might be now? Unlike Grigg, the young man could have earned them promotion.
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