Another season, another relegation battle for Sunderland.
The Mackems currently lie in 18th place, but things are tight at the bottom end of the table, and even the likes of Southampton in tenth aren't completely free of danger yet.
Ultimately, the best the fans can hope for this season under David Moyes is to stay up by the skin of their teeth, but to do so they might have to add a few names in January, especially with the African Cup of Nations robbing them of Lamine Kone, Didier Ndong and Wahbi Khazri.
Malcolm Dawson from Salut Sunderland spoke to Football Whispers about who the club could (and should) go for in this window.
Please note that this interview was conducted before the January transfer window opened.
Thoughts On Summer Activity:
Disappointing. We ended the season with what looked like a team that would push for a top half place. Transfer activity was none existent, then Allardyce took the poisoned chalice and injuries took their toll and we were left with a threadbare squad, supplemented with mainly loan deals, free transfers and Man Utd youngsters.
Area That Needs Improvement:
[Victor] Anichebe has been a revelation but without him [Jermain] Defoe cuts a lonely figure and we desperately need another goal scorer. Injuries have decimated our midfield with [Lee] Cattermole, [Jan] Kirchhoff, [Jack] Rodwell, [Duncan] Watmore, [Lynden] Gooch and [Paddy] McNair all out for the long term, and the African Cup of Nations could rob us of two of our three centre-backs. We are short of fullbacks too so everywhere except goalkeeper.
Being a realist, rather than dream signings, I think the best we can hope for is to avoid the type of nightmare signings the past few January windows have brought.
With little or no money available to Moyes, a centre-back and striker from the Championship or abroad is probably the most we can hope for.
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Prediction for Rest of 2016-17:
It's worrying but Moyes seems to be getting the side organised and team spirit is good. The squad is threadbare and probably three away with the African Cup of Nations coming up. The positive is that I think as many as 12 teams will be fighting to avoid relegation. I think we might just do enough to stay up again but I wouldn't put my mortgage on it.