Sunderland did things the Sunderland way. Transfer deadline day felt like another saga would end in disappointment, but we managed to get the transfer of Will Grigg over the line with minutes to spare. We had to smash a League One transfer record to do it, and now the pressure is on Jack Ross to make sure the backing he's received from the club delivers promotion.
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Who do you think was our best signing
There was no doubt amongst the panel that Grigg was our best signing of the transfer window. It makes complete sense to say so, given how important replacing Josh Maja's goals was this window. Grigg is a proven goalscorer, and so long as he does continue that habit for the rest of this season, we can say January was a huge success.
Since we really needed a striker I reckon Grigg will be the most important signing we made. We were already well stocked in midfield and Lewis Morgan arrived highly recommended by the manager, so I'd say Will Grigg, definately! - Staffan.
Best signing is Grigg because he is a goalscorer and we were DESPERATE for one. Also he s a permanent signing. - Tom
What are your overall feelings from the transfer window?
Again the panel were almost unanimously agreed that the January transfer window was a big success. We all know how close to the wire the Grigg transfer was, and such was the importance of sealing that deal it swayed the overall impressions of the window massively. We needed more in defence, more in midfield and more upfront - and it looks like that's exactly what we achieved.
At 10pm on deadline day, it looked like we were scrambling around. But managing to get Grigg over the line, turned it from a 4/10 window to a 9/10. - Matthew
I was suprised how well we did in this window actually. Grant leadbitter returning for free and taking a wage cut is fantastic for the club. Excited to see what Morgan can do. - Mark
Are Sunderland prepared to achieve automatic promotion?
I think Howard said it best, so I'll let him take centre stage alone on this one;
Transfer window has put us in a position to get promotion, it has strengthened defence and midfield and hopefully we have covered the loss of Maga with Grigg. Morgan’s debut was promising and he will no doubt provide goals and assists, Leadbitter showed his qualities at this level on Saturday adding much needed competition to central midfield. Overall we now have a squad more than capable of winning automatic promotion – other than the goalkeeper no player is an automatic pick , we have genuine strength in depth. Well done Stewart Donald. - Howard
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