ONSIDE: Is Dan the man for Sunderland after goalless Swan-song?

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THE next couple of days are going to be very interesting for Sunderland fans.

Manager Martin O’Neill said on Tuesday night after the 0-0 bore draw against Swansea City that they have a “couple of bids in for players.”

And we all know that Mr O’Neill plays his cards extremely close to his chest.

Sunderland have been continuously linked with a move for visiting Swansea striker Danny Graham.

But the Gateshead-born man did not receive the best welcoming party from a section of home fans if that was to be his last apperance on the Stadium of Light field before a move back to the North East.

But are we really that desperate for a centre forward and is Graham the best we can get?

First of all, O’Neill insists on playing with one centre forward, Steven Fletcher, with Stephane Sessegnon playing “in the hole”, in my eyes his best position, behind him.

The Benin international is at his best when given the freedom in the midfield to run the show.

But ultimately Sessegnon’s role seems to be to support Fletcher in and around the box.

Then we have improving teenager Connor Whickham.

He has come on a lot since being injured last season against Manchester United and when playing alongside Fletcher does very well for a young lad.

So if we go out and pay £6m or £7m on a striker and Whickham is pushed further down the pecking order then it won’t take long for a young lad to get cold feet.

And is Danny Graham the best we can go and get?

He had two chances at the end of the game to win it for The Swans on Tuesday night and couldn’t score.

If he was in red and white he would have been slated by the crowd.

Come to think of it a minority did and that is before he has even signed. .

Surely, with the scouting system we have in place, we can find another striker who can get a game for their club, pay the fee and get a top quality centre forward who will score 15 goals in a season.

If not, I’m quite happy with our options, at the minute but the last thing O’Neill will do is panic buy.

So in O’Neill we must trust.

Ha’way the lads.

– MARTIN DUNN