Sunderland suffered a 2-0 defeat away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, their sixth Premier League defeat since December alone.
Manager David Moyes put further doom and gloom on the situation by admitted any signings made with the limited transfer budget aren’t likely to improve what they already have.
Coupled with such poor form that sees them propping up the division 22 games into the campaign, will Sunderland be the first side down come May?
Woeful defensive record halting any progress made
Sunderland’s biggest problem this season has been keeping opposing sides quiet. The Black Cats have kept just two clean sheets in the Premier League in 2016/17, conceding more goals than all but two clubs (42), and have shipped two goals or more in 13 of their 22 games. Manager David Moyes hasn’t been able to shore up the backline with the personnel he’d inherited and it’s costing them results as they don’t have the squad to outscore their opponents every week.
During their five-game winless run in the Premier League, Sunderland have conceded 14 goals and unsurprisingly have faced the second-most amount of shots this season (405). The North-East club face more than 18 shots per game and are low on the list for most tackles made. Until Moyes finds a way for Sunderland to start silencing their opponents, they won’t pick up results given they have averaged just 0.9 goals per game on average this season.
Lack of spending will prove costly
Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain revealed earlier in the season that David Moyes won’t have money to spend in the January transfer window. Describing their available funds as “very limited”, it’s bad news for the Black Cats supporters who were hoping another strong set of signings could turn their situation around.
Last season, their movements in the January window made a big difference to the relegation battle, but they don’t have money to sign quality, nor will any potentially arrivals make much of a difference, according to Moyes: “I’d be kidding you on if I said the players we’re hoping to bring in this month are going to make a big difference because, first of all, we probably couldn’t get that level of player and, secondly, we probably wouldn’t have the finances to do that,” he said.
It’s a sorry situation for Sunderland, who currently sit rock bottom in the Premier League table with 15 points from 22 games. As a result of their plight, Sunderland are 1/6 to get relegated from the Premier League this season.
Do they have any chance of survival?
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