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Sunderland’s £3.5m cash in on Josh Maja might have been a mistake


Sunderland’s £3.5m cash in on Josh Maja might have been a mistake

Sunderland have struggled in attack since losing their lethal youngster.

Sunderland will be playing League One football again next season. The Black Cats lost in their play-off final against Charlton Athletic at Wembley this weekend.

Now the inquest can begin into why exactly Sunderland failed to earn a spot back in the Championship.

One area where they have struggled is in attack. Will Grigg arrived in January carrying an injury and has struggled to have an impact. Charlie Wyke, signed last summer from Bradford City has also had his problems with fitness.

Selling their main goal threat in January has certainly not helped. As reported by the Daily Mail, French side Bordeaux paid £3.5 million to sign Josh Maja from Sunderland in January.

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With his contract expiring at the end of the season it made sense for Sunderland to cash in rather than watch him leave for free in the summer.


But in hindsight, it might have been better for Sunderland to keep him on board. Maja scored 15 goals in 24 games in League One this season before Sunderland decided to cash in.

Having that sort of firepower throughout the latter stages of the season could have been a huge help for Sunderland.

Just look at Charlton Athletic, who kept hold of Joe Aribo with the gamble that his contract was also expiring this summer. He helped the Addicks defeat Sunderland yesterday and the London club will now hope Championship football convinces him into a stay.

Sunderland might wish they had done the same with their main goal threat in January.

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