There is bound to be interest in Josh Maja this January after the young striker’s impressive start to the season.
Despite his young age, Maja is leading the line excellently for Sunderland and showing his true talent.
The 19-year-old has taken advantage of Sunderland’s double relegation to establish himself as a first-team regular already.
While team-mate Joel Asoro opted to leave Sunderland this summer, Maja decided to stay, eyeing a first-team role.
And the Sunderland academy product already has eight league goals to his name this season, making him the joint top scorer in the league alongside John Marquis.
Considering his age and his goal scoring record, Premier League clubs will surely be sniffing around Maja.
The talented teenager will be a wanted man when the window re-opens in January. But Sunderland need to ensure they keep him.
Not only is he the short-term solution and the man to lead their revival. But he is also a long-term answer up front.
Sunderland have entered a new era and are looking back up the leagues now.
Maja has a central role to play in helping them win promotion this season and compete in the Championship next term.
That is why a new deal must be the priority for the Black Cats, to ensure he stays this January.