SUNDERLAND need a regular scorer to break their pattern of draws, believes Gus Poyet.
The Black Cats head to Manchester City tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) on the back of yet another draw, at Aston Villa last weekend, with Poyet’s men finishing all-square in 11 of their opening 19 Premier outings – six of which have ended goalless.
Steven Fletcher is the top scorer with four goals this season, yet the Scottish international hasn’t found the net since November’s win at Crystal Palace.
And Poyet believes that if Sunderland are to register a victory during a tough next three games against Man City, Liverpool and Spurs, then they need someone to find the net on a regular basis.
“The other day Jonno (Adam Johnson) was a doubt until the last minute,” said Poyet.
“But he played 90 minutes and was a very important player.
“Why did we wait until the last minute? Because he was the player who had scored the last two goals.
“You don’t want the player who scored two goals in two games to be out of the next match.
“We’re looking for that player who is going to score four or five in a row.
“At this moment in time, that would make the difference with winning.
“If we can get a player in the next three or four Premier League games, who can score a goal a game, then we’ll win without any doubt.
“We miss that player who smells the goal, who just knows where the ball is going to drop and will be there to tap it in.”
Boosting Sunderland’s attacking threat in the January transfer window will be the club’s priority, with the Black Cats looking for one or two fresh faces next month.
But Poyet believes improving Sunderland’s goal threat is not as simple as just bringing in another striker.
“If we are so good to control games, then yes, that’s an easy one,” he added.
“But the problem is, we haven’t controlled many games.
“I’m not a stats man, but I think over long periods, it’s important to know where you are.
“In some aspects, we’re not passing the ball as well as last year.
“We’ve done some things better, but in the way I want to go, we still need to improve.”