Sunderland were recently linked with a move for Exeter City forward Jayden Stockley. Devon Live reported that the Black Cats maintained an interest in the player from the summer and were considering an approach in January.
Based on his form for the Grecians this season that certainly made sense. Stockley bagged nine goals in his first 13 appearances this season. That added to his 23 goals last season certainly made him a wanted commodity.
However, things have dried up recently. Stockley has not scored in his last four games and some fans might suggest that is a big warning sign for any potential Sunderland move.
But this dip in goalscoring should not put Sunderland off. The lack of goals has largely been down to a decrease in the team’s overall performance. The draws with Grimsby and Crawley were followed by defeats to Forest Green and Tranmere Rovers. Stockley was devoid of service in all four games, leaving his blemished record something of a red herring.
Sunderland are currently packing Josh Maja up front. The youngster is in top form but out of contract in the summer and linked with several clubs. Jerome Sinclair is a talented player, but only on loan. Charlie Wyke has struggled with injury since his arrival from Bradford City.
Extra firepower should be considered in the winter if Sunderland are to push on and secure promotion. Stockley’s recent dry spell should not put them off.