In January, Sunderland lost Josh Maja to Bordeaux whilst Jerome Sinclair’s loan spell came to an end. With Charlie Wyke struggling for fitness, they were desperate for new strikers.
In the end, Jack Ross managed to bring in both Will Grigg and Kazaiah Sterling.
But the list of strikers Sunderland were trying to bring in was a long one.
One such player was Plymouth Argyle frontman Freddie Ladapo. As reported by the Plymouth Herald, Sunderland had a £400,000 bid for his services rejected on transfer deadline day.
Plymouth, at the time, probably did not envisage that they would be in a relegation dog-fight on the final day of the season.
However, a poor second half of the season left them battling for survival on the final day. They took on fellow relegated scrappers Scunthorpe. Ladapo scored again, in a 3-2 win. Unfortunately for the Pilgrims, It was not enough and they were relegated to League Two.
But they would have stayed up if Southend United had not beaten Sunderland 2-1.
It was a poor performance from the Black Cats at Roots Hall and the Shrimpers pulled off a great escape as a consequence.
Sunderland, who now have a play-off to contest, will have been disappointed with the result. However, on the bright side, if they still want to add to the striker department, Ladapo’s relegation should easily make the 19-goal striker much more available.