The best and worst of Sunderland’s January transfers

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SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Jermain Defoe of Sunderland (C) scores his side’s first goal past Steve Mandanda of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light on September 24, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

A review of Sunderland’s activity this past month.

The January transfer window is an important portion of the season’s calendar for many Premier League sides, and is crucial for clubs battling to avoid relegation. Currently at the bottom of the league table and focused on survival once again this campaign, Sunderland and manager David Moyes were certainly expected to make an impact this past month in the transfer market.

The Black Cats have won four out of their 23 matches, and are in desperate need of finding more success in the attack. Sunderland are tied with Hull City for the fewest goals this season in the Premier League with 20.

In some respects, no news can be good news. This type of positive outcome came about in regards to striker Jermain Defoe, as West Ham United were reported to be very interested in bringing the forward to the Olympic Stadium.

Having scored 12 of the club’s 20 goals and adding two assists along the way, keeping Defoe in the Sunderland line-up was absolutely vital.

Important matches are on the horizon, and the club did well to earn a point against Tottenham at the Stadium of Light last weekend. But did the club do enough in January to stay in the English top flight?

We take a look at the best and worst of Sunderland’s January transfer period activities.

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