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Ed Syers

Strikers still the priority for Sunderland with decision needed on key targets

Sunderland have taken to life in the second tier like a duck to water. The Black Cats have exceeded expectations by challenging for a play-off spot so soon after promotion, playing attractive football and giving minutes to younger players in the process.

There’s a lot for fans to be happy about, but as the transfer window reaches its midway point, there are also questions over whether the current squad has the depth or experience to keep up the charge.

A new forward is likely to have been top of Sunderland’s list even before January, with injuries to Ross Stewart and Ellis Simms during the autumn leaving the club worryingly exposed. Needless to say, Everton’s decision to recall Simms has only accelerated the need for attacking reinforcements.

It leaves Stewart - himself yet to commit his future to the club - as Sunderland’s only out-and-out striker. The 26-year-old is bang in form and a real contender for the league’s golden boot, but needs back-up if the Black Cats are to have a realistic chance of competing for a top six place.

Tony Mowbray has revealed the club are keen to sign two strikers this month, and using our Rank Your Targets tool above, it’s now up to you to decide who the club should prioritise and who should be avoided.

Nottingham Forest forward Sam Surridge could be an option, with the 24-year-old said to be attracting interest from a number of Championship clubs amid reports he’ll be made available this month.

There were also reports that Bradley Dack could be in line for a reunion with Tony Mowbray this month. The Blackburn forward was once one of the league’s hottest players, but injuries and poor form has seen the 29-year-old’s stock fall in recent seasons.

Jerry Yates is perhaps one of the more popular rumours among Sunderland fans. The Blackpool man has settled into Championship life nicely since firing the Tangerines to promotion 18 months ago.

Who do you think Sunderland should prioritise this month? And who wouldn’t you touch with a barge pole? Use our Rank Your Targets tool above to find out, and let us know what you think in the comments below…

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