Sunderland finally kickstarted their season last night with a 3-1 win against Accrington Stanley, albeit in the EFL Cup.
The Black Cats returned to four at the back after experimenting with a new formation for their opening league matches. Two draws have hardly inspired the fans and a change was needed, even at this early stage.
The change certainly seemed to suit left back Denver Hume. The youngster has come in for some criticism in the early stages of the season after failing to get to grips with the new wing back role.
Having seen Bryan Oviedo and Reece James leave the club, it’s an area the Black Cats look light in, something Ross admits he worked hard to rectify.
“We’re still trying to get the right one in,” he told the Shields Gazette.
“We suffered a little bit, the Championship and Premier League window shut last week, we had four we believed we had a chance of getting and they all moved to Championship clubs.
“We knew it was unlikely but could happen and it did happen. It’s not back to the drawing board, we’re been working hard at it and it’s an area of the pitch where we know we need more options.”
Ross has until the League One and Two transfer window shuts on September 2nd to make a new signing.
The Black Cats might be threadbare in some areas, but they do have quality throughout the squad. They turned on the style last night, but only after an hour or so.
Their form is perhaps more a reflection of the tactics Ross employs than anything else. The left back position isn’t to blame for their tepid early start, but if Hume got injured or if Ross is set to stick with three at the back in the league, then they’ll need a new face.