Black Cats boss had major headache.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has admitted that his side face a “massive” two week survival battle, and to make things worse, he only has one senior striker available.
Danny Welbeck may miss the clash with Wigan on Saturday with a hamstring injury. And with Fraizer Campbell potentially out for another 6 months, Asamoah Gyan will be leading the front line alone for the Black Cats.
However, Bruce has stated his admiration for young striker Ryan Noble. Noble made his second substitute appearance of the season last Saturday in the defeat at Birmingham, and Bruce believes the 19 year old could save him some money this summer.
Bruce has admitted that he needs two or three strikers this summer to fill the boots of Darren Bent, Fraizer Campbell and probably Danny Welbeck, who is likely to return to parent club Manchester United.
One name that has popped up in the tabloid gossip columns a lot this week is Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Kevin Doyle. Wolves are favourites to be relegated this season and the Republic of Ireland striker won’t be wanting to play Championship football next season.
Bruce is also looking to bring in a new centre back and a new centre midfielder as he looks to offload injury prone John Mensah and flop Sulley Muntari.
It’s took three months for Bruce and even the Sunderland fan’s to admit that the squad is missing Darren Bent dramatically, and with only 9 goals scored since his departure, is the sale to Aston Villa costing their season?