This summer has been a rollercoaster of a ride in terms of transfers for Sunderland.
With nine players already signed and potentially one or two due in, the entire squad has had a massive facelift with the majority of the changes being made in the centre and defensive side of squad.
Three forwards have been signed so far under Paolo Di Canio; Jozy Altidore, David Moberg Karlsson and Duncan Watmore... [More]
So, James McClean is on his way to Wigan.In particular, there are a couple of myths that I want to challenge head on.
Is that a good thing? Well, in my view, looking at the bigger picture, it probably is – although not necessarily for the reasons that some of our fans may think.The first myth is that we are well shot of a troublemaker.
There is no doubt that this summer has been simultaneously one of the most interesting and confusing that I can recall for the club. A comprehensive restructure has been enacted, with scouts of international renown brought in to deliver a brave new approach to player recruitment. A huge number of names have been linked with us... [More]
As seems to be customary with all of our squad this summer, Craig Gardner was recently linked with a move away from the club. With the possibility of a return to the midlands to play for West Bromwich Albion touted. It seems as if the press are on a warpath to make Paolo Di Canio’s clear out look more like a car boot sale. [More]
The aftermath of our frolicking in the far east has settled down - so what exactly have we managed to fathom about our new look side?
Full backs are key in a 4-4-2, so having some would be preferable.
Okay, so Colback looked strong when coming up against a good number of attacking moves. In fact, he possibly looks as strong or even more so as a left back than as a central midfielder – where his short passing wouldn’t fit into our new (or indeed old) ethic. [More]
Although pretty much all incoming transfers are interesting – which has made this a particularly interesting close season, of course – I must say that I haven’t got a clue whether Valentin Roberge or Modibo Diakite are any good at all. I would hope that they are better than the men they replaced (Matt Kilgallon and Titus Bramble), without the baggage, and probably cheaper too... [More]