What could have been? Defoe and Khazri’s quality have been sorely missed by Sunderland this season

Sunderland have made massive errors in recent transfer windows when signing players recently and fans don’t forget this.

Speaking to Craig Wilson from Roker Report he said: “I have very little faith in our ability to secure what we need, but I can hope.”

Wilson, speaking about which payer he wishes Sunderland hadn’t signed he said: “Jason Steele. We spent around a third of our transfer budget on signing him.”

Wilson added: “He’s been just as appalling as I expected. Blackburn Rovers fans on social media roundly mocked us for spending actual money on him and to their credit, they’ve been proven to be right.”

“Steele’s contract runs out in three and a half years, so there’s not long to go I suppose” added Wilson.

The goalkeeper situation has been one of Sunderland’s biggest problems all season and it has only become to become more stable under Coleman with two clean sheets in the last two away league games.

However, even if Sunderland had kept their best player for the previous two seasons, Wilson doesn’t believe Sunderland would be higher up in the table.

“(No) not necessarily. Our issues this season haven’t been in goal-scoring, but in keeping clean sheets.”, added Wilson.

Wilson is very confident that the Black Cats’ squad was better than the one they have this year: “As bad as we were last year, our squad was far superior.”

Wilson added: “Losing Jordan Pickford and Jermaine Defoe was a huge blow, whilst you have to imagine the likes of Jason Denayer, Whabi Khazri, Jan Kirchhoff and Victor Anichebe would have come in useful.”

Sunderland clearly need reinforcements in January, but the task for Coleman will be getting players on the cheap or free who want to be in a relegation battle.

When asked about one signing he would like to see arrive at the Stadium of Light in January he said: “Sam Vokes. I know Burnley probably don’t want to lose him though.”

Wilson added: “Maybe he’s had his nose pushed out there with the signing of Chris Wood in the summer, who knows. If it’s possible to do a loan deal with a view to a permanent signing, I think both player and club would be up for it.”

When asked what Sunderland need to compete, Wilson said: “I think we need a physical presence up top, a central defender that isn’t completely over the hill.”

“I have very little faith in our ability to secure what we need, but I can hope.”