What now for Sunderland?

by admin

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

With Darren Bent gone and Danny Welbeck out for six to eight weeks with a knee problem the Black Cats face a striker crisis.

It seems like the North-East club will be forced to play Asamoah Gyan upfront on his own unless they can get in a new striker.

So what options does Steve Bruce have?

1. Robbie Keane – the Spurs striker has spent the majority of the season warming the bench. He was linked with Birmingham earlier in the window but nothing happened. The experience hitman could be a good short-term solution if he can wind back the clock and find the form the earned him a transfer to his boyhood club Liverpool.

Don’t rule it out! The Mackems have done numerous dealings with Spurs in recent years (Bent,Malbranque, Chimbonda, Tainio) and there’s the Irish connection with Niall Quinn.

2. Ricardo Fuller – Stoke are another team Sunderland have dealt with a lot recently with Kenwyne Jones, Danny Collins, Danny Higginbotham, Dean Whitehead, Rory Delap and Liam Lawrence all making the move to the Potteries.

With John Carew set to join Stoke on loan following a medical and Jones, Jonathan Walters and Eidur Gudjohnson also at the club it looks like the Jamaican forward could be moving on.

He’s a deceptively skilful player but is more in the mould of Gyan than Bent. Could Gyan and Fuller play in the same side?

3. Kevin Phillips – or Super Kev to the Mackems. The 37 year old Birmingham striker has already signalled his plans to leave for more minutes on the pitch. Could a return to the club where he scored 113 times in 208 appearances be on the cards?

4. Michael Owen – the former England striker has been linked with a move to the Stadium of Light but I can’t see it happening! He has hardly set the world alight and Man United and he wouldn’t be worth the risk.

PG’s Tip

So here’s my tip for the day…you can put money on it but I wouldn’t bother!

Sunderland will sign both Robbie Keane and Kevin Phillips on short term deals. Phillips will sign until the end of the season on a play-as-you-pay basis and will probably be offered a role in the coaching set-up.

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  • ritchiep1

    Poorly researched. Both Niall Quinn and Steve Bruce have said Robbie Keane is not on the agenda. They have also said they are looking for a big target man. That would rule out both Keane and Phillips. Are you a mag?

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