Written by Stephen Hopper

Sunderland’s season so far, has been one to forget with board members claiming no funds will be available this transfer window. Manager David Moyes, who apart from Manchester United can work on a limited budget and has a proven track record of bargain buys at low costs, must surely be thinking how he can get his club out of the situation they are currently facing? Not only is it financially but also Moyes is close to a thread bare squad. This doesn’t look to be getting any easier, with the African Cup Of Nations this month, Moyes is looking at losing Midfield man N’dong who will represent Gabon at the tournament and Whabi Khazri who will represent Tunisia along with injuries to Lamine Kone who could also be away to AFCON with the Ivory Coast should he return from injury. Kone’s Centre Back partner Djilobodji could also travel with his respected country. Don’t forget injuries to the very impressive Jordan Pickford (estimated 6 weeks) and other injuries to key men such as Steven Pienaar, Duncan Watmore, Lee Cattermole and recent acquisition Victor Anichebe are very worrying times for the manager.

With key men away on international duty and injuries and rumours picking up pace regarding Star Striker Jermain Defoe and a potential move away from Sunderland, these are indeed worrying times at the club. Recent performances had been improving until The Black Cats recent game with Burnley at turf Moor where Sunderland were well beaten 4-0 by the hosts. Last weekend saw a marked improvement against title challengers Liverpool which Sunderland bagged a 2-2 draw against Jurgen Kopp’s men. Jermain Defoe scoring the from the penalty spot to get a draw, Sunderland however are the only side to score(2) penalties in a premier league fixture against Liverpool since West Brom did this back in 2011.

Investment will prove a big part if Sunderland are to maintain top flight status and no signs other than loan signings are possibly coming through the door at Sunderland. Then the question is for these loan players coming in, will they buy into the relegation fight or come in with no care in the world as long as they put themselves in the frame for another move elsewhere which is wrong in terms of playing for a club in such a bad state on and off the pitch.

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What fans want to know what has happened to the money the owner had put into the club, which by his own words has helped pay off debts and bad signings from former managers has not helped the situation. This along with the managerial changes made at the club over a number of years. Sunderland’s fight is beginning to look like a desperate one and fans deserve so much better than this and this coming from a Newcastle fan, I don’t like to see any club struggling, yes we have our banter with one another, but let’s get serious, are Sunderland in a strong position to avoid the drop? I fear not and this is no fault of the manager, the short fall has to be put at the owners door.

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