The absence of Welbeck this season...
I know some on here don't rate the lad that highly but imo we were average before he found his feet in the PL last season and a shambles once he (and others of course) got injured or left (in Bent's case). While he was on top form however we looked as good as any Sunderland side i've seen. The football was fast, incisive and inventive but also with a cutting edge. He won't be coming back but (also imo) it will be a huge mistake if Bruce looks to plug round holes with square pegs by playing players who have already failed miserably on the left..... Steed, (no end product) Vaughan (read what Dario Grady said about him) and either Richardson (can't pass or cross) or Colback (clutching at straws playing him on the left). We've spent nowt and wages won't have increased by much given that 8 have left. I don't care whether it's a permanant signing or a loan but it will be criminally negligent of Bruce not to bring someone in who can either play the left channel of a 4-3-3 or as an out and out winger......both preferably.
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