Sunderland want THREE new faces plus Wembley dreams: Jack Ross provides pre-Manchester City updates

Jack Ross faced the press ahead of Sunderland's Checkatrade Trophy clash with Manchester City - and there was no shortage of key updates.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 21 January, 2019, 07:52
Jack Ross has provided key updates ahead of Sunderland's clash with Manchester City

The Black Cats are now just two games away from Wembley and, while a trip to the national stadium is an appealing prospect, Jack Ross knows his side will have to navigate a 'difficult' task against the Citizens' under-21 side tomorrow evening. As well as previewing the quarter-final clash, Ross spoke out on Will Grigg and the club's transfer plans with the window set to shut in ten days' time. Scroll down and click through the pages for the key talking points from Sunderland's press conference:

"Saturday was the sorest one to take because of the performance level. We didn't play well. I am seeking perfection here, but we are not there yet."
"They are different games to prepare for. There is a little bit more consistency in terms of how these U21 teams play, they are being taught in a way to play week in, week out."
"Once we had managed to beat Newcastle, we knew we would have a midweek game. There was a lot of debate around but I wasn't too aware of that. It was always scheduled for midweek."
"We have taken this competition seriously from the start and we have managed to strike a balance with treating it properly and getting players game time. My message has been consistent."

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"I wouldn't say we need it in terms of being fatigued. But when you have the opportunity, it gives players and staff a little bit of time to make sure when they come back in there is a freshness."
"He's a player that we would like to bring to the club. We have ten days left in which to do that, so it's something we would obviously like to make happen."
"It would depend on the player's fitness and how serious of an injury it is. Obviously I can't comment on that because I don't know. I wasn't at the game and he's not my player."
"Beyond that [a striker] I would like to bring in one, maybe two, who would give us more depth in different areas of the pitch."
"Naturally, I don't want to lose anybody. If you lose important players it also gives you the conundrum of replacing them."