Sunderland have managed to get their season back on track after a difficult start to the 2019/20 campaign.
The Black Cats suffered a hangover from last season’s play-off final defeat to Charlton which they lost in the last seconds.
Phil Parkinson has replaced Jack Ross and is the man tasked with taking the club back to the Championship.
January could be a pivotal month for the club. Important fixtures with Doncaster and Wycombe are on the agenda, whilst the work done in the boardroom could also prove important.
Signing a striker looks like being a priority for Parkinson and one of his former players could be ideal.
Gary Madine played under the Sunderland boss at Bolton and yesterday he was released by Cardiff City.
The 29-year-old failed to score in 28 games for the Bluebirds and was sent out on loan to Sheffield United for six months of last season.
During his time at the Blades, he helped the club to promotion. He netted three times in 16 matches and linked up well with Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick.
Madine’s experience could make him the perfect addition to a relatively young squad. He is strong, intelligent and is also capable of scoring goals.
His record in League One is pretty good. In 178 appearances in the third tier, he has scored 50 times and Sunderland could do a lot worse.
Madine is available on a free and at 29 he would relish the chance to play first-team football.
The proven promotion-winning striker may have been on a generous salary at Cardiff. A chance to play regular football under a manager who clearly values his talent might be more important to Madine than money, however.