One win from their opening seven games has left Sunderland sitting in 20th. After suffering relegation from the top-flight last season, manager Simon Grayson is already feeling the pressure.
Lack of Firepower in-front of Goal
In their opening seven league games, Sunderland have only scored six goals. This factor has contributed to Sunderland’s poor start to the season. At this point striker Lewis Grabban is the club’s top goal-scorer with three goals to his name.
During the summer transfer-window the club signed James Vaughan for a reported £500,000. However despite forking out for the ex-Bury talisman, he has failed to score his first goal for the club. Thus with this in mind one would be inclined to question the signing.
Furthermore despite the signing of Lewis Grabban, perhaps the club could have further invested for a renowned goal-scorer, as this is seemingly a missing element within the squad.
Is Simon Grayson right for the job?
Following the dismissal of David Moyes last season, Simon Grayson was appointed manager at The Stadium of Light. The former Leeds United boss departed Preston North End to take the Sunderland hot-seat. But is he the right man for the job?
During his time in management, Simon Grayson has built a solid reputation. Notably his tenures at Leeds United and Preston North End were successful, as he achieved promotion to the Championship with both clubs. But is the hot-seat in the North-East too much?
Essentially Simon Grayson shall need time, another sacking would be the least helpful move for Sunderland. Also one shall have to consider the squad he has inherited, as the club endured a very busy summer transfer-window.
Sunderland 0-1 Nottingham Forest
Sunderland suffered their fourth league defeat in a row, after a 1-0 loss against Nottingham Forest. Striker Daryl Murphy scored the winner for Forest, with less than four minutes to play.
Despite a much improved performance, Simon Grayson’s side were once again left empty-handed.
Sunderland fans: Is the pressure piling on Simon Grayson warranted? Will Sunderland face a double relegation? Let us know your thoughts.