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Sweet irony as Lewis Grabban deal gives Sunderland better chance to sign Jason Cummings

The Scottish striker is clearly available and Sunderland should make a move.

Mathew Nash



Nottingham Forest recently acquired Lewis Grabban from Bournemouth in a deal worth around £6 million. It is a great move for the Reds, who are getting the Championship’s second top scorer from last season in the process.

Grabban scored 20 goals in 35 games last season, finishing the campaign with a play-off final defeat with Aston Villa. But he actually scored 12 of his goals in 20 appearances for Sunderland. Grabban was one of the few bright lights at Sunderland last term. But, with Villa calling and the Black Cats doomed to relegation, the striker decided to spend the second half of the season at Villa Park – much to the chagrin of Sunderland.

But, in a sense of twisted irony, Grabban’s move to Forest could help push a striker option to Sunderland to help them in League One.

The latest arrival at the City Ground has surely pushed Jason Cummings out of the door.

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Earlier in the week, the Northern Echo suggested that Cummings was on Sunderland’s radar.

Cummings, who spent time on loan at Rangers last season, will be known to Sunderland boss Jack Ross from his time in Scottish football. Cummings scored 71 goals in 150 games for Hibernian during his time at Easter Road. He was team-mates with new Sunderland recruit Dylan McGeouch in Edinburgh, which could also help in any pursuit for the player.

Sunderland are desperate for striking options, with only the club’s youngsters currently available.

Cummings struggled in the Championship but he could surely find his feet at League One level.

Grabban turned his back on Sunderland who fought a lost cause without him. Now, his latest move could see the Black Cats get the striker they need for next season.

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Sunderland must not rely on Josh Maja up front next season

Sunderland are currently lacking in striking options.

Mathew Nash



It has been a tough week at Sunderland. The Black Cats have lost two of their top young attacking talents. Swedish forward Joel Asoro looks set for Swansea City after the two teams agreed on a fee. They also lost 16-year-old Sam Greenwood. He has agreed to join Arsenal’s youth system. It leaves Sunderland in a massive predicament in the attacking department.

Sunderland have hardly any strikers left on board, after the loan of Ashley Fletcher ended the Black Cats are very short up front. With James Vaughan and Lewis Grabban departing last season they are now stuck with just one striking option. The player in question is 19-year-old Josh Maja.

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The Londoner played 18 times for Sunderland last season, scoring just one goal. But he is a top talent for the future and Sunderland must ensure they keep hold of him and use him in League One.

“They (Maja and Bali Mumba) will stay. They want to be Sunderland players.”

– Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald on Maja’s future

However, Sunderland cannot rely on him. The Black Cats are still hunting for new recruits and at least two new frontmen are going to be needed in order for Sunderland to fight for promotion.

Maja is a brilliant talent, but putting the pressure on him to lead the line would be a big mistake from Sunderland this season.

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Returning Duncan Watmore will be like new signing for Sunderland

Sunderland will welcome the winger back to action in the Autumn.

Mathew Nash



Sunderland manager Jack Ross has been updating the press on the injury status of attacker Duncan Watmore.

The 24-year-old suffered a second serious knee injury last November and has not played for the Black Cats since.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, the Scotsman confirmed that Watmore, who took part in Sunderland’s pre-season training camp in Portugal, should be back with the first-team by ‘late September, maybe October’.

Which will no doubt be like a new signing for the Wearside club.

When the powerful and energetic Watmore burst onto the scene at Sunderland in 2015-16 he was one of the shining lights in what was an otherwise disappointing campaign from the Black Cats. His direct and vibrant style of play was exactly what Sunderland needed as they survived relegation to the Championship by just two points from local rivals Newcastle United.

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Since then things have just not gone to plan for the attacker.

But he is a player that fans have a lot of time for and, in League One, he has all the attributes to be a star.

His strength and pace will be a major concern for most defenders in the division and Sunderland will no doubt enjoy having him back running the channels and stretching defences.

The former England under-21 international needs some good luck. If he can stay fit this season then Sunderland’s chances of a return to the second-tier will increase almost immediately.

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Sunderland fans must wonder where this version of Adnan Januzaj has come from

The Belgian scored the winner v England and is being tipped to feature v Japan.

Mathew Nash



Belgium take on Japan in the World Cup tomorrow, looking to continue their impressive form in Russia. The last game the Red Devils played was, of course, against England. They won that game 1-0. The moment of magic that separated the sides came from Adnan Januzaj. Once again it was a moment which must have left Sunderland fans perplexed.

It’s not the first time it has happened at this World Cup. Ola Toivonen scoring v Germany had Black Cats fans scratching their heads. Januzaj is another player who, at Sunderland, was a flop.

The former Manchester United youngster went with his old boss David Moyes to the Stadium of Light. He was at the club on loan in 2016-17, following a dire time at Borussia Dortmund. But Januzaj never looked up for the fight. He played 25 times in the league, failed to score, and Sunderland were relegated.

(during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Stoke City at Stadium of Light on January 14, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

But he has since reinvented himself at Real Sociedad. Now he looks like the sort of talent that first emerged at Old Trafford in 2013. Sunderland fans will no doubt be wondering where such displays were when he was on Wearside.

His goal against England was tremendous. In a sense of irony, he scored it after selling former Sunderland loanee Danny Rose a beautiful dummy and bent the ball over his former Sunderland team-mate, Jordan Pickford.

Now there are Belgium fans calling for Januzaj to feature, at least from the bench, in the game with Japan.

Sunderland, it seems, just got the worst version of the talented attacker.

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