Poyet Can Emulate Southampton in Player Development

Apart from the fact that they were playing us at the time, I thought that Southampton were a joy to watch yesterday. Part of that was their style of play – Lambert leading the line well, with Lallana and Rodriguez linking up extremely well with him (a far cry from the huge gaps between Altidore / Fletcher and our midfield), and Jack Cork impressive in the centre of midfield, where Ki was overran, as Cattermole and Larsson had nightmares alongside him. In fact, it’s not stretching things too far to suggest that Southampton may be a very good role model for us under Poyet – if, as I hope he can in time, Poyet is able to tweak his system a little so that we give more support to the front man, and we can start pressing teams higher up the pitch. [More]

Fabio Borini - The Evidence

What do you want so much that you're like a warrior who never gives up? A derby winner? An equaliser in a cup quarter final? What about a winner in a cup semi-final or a crucial goal in a televised game? Well Fabio Borini has achieved all that and still wants more. His celebration which we've all copied at some stage is supposed to represent that fighting spirit and his commitment. [More]

Duh Fanti Departs

Roberto De Fanti has been axed as Sunderland’s Director of Football in remarkably quick fashion. Rumours were rife as this afternoon grew old and were promptly confirmed by the club’s recent statement that they have ‘parted company’ with the Italian. This move, whilst surely welcomed by most, certainly throws up an awful lot of questions. [More]

Dare to D:Ream

D:Ream told us things can only get better. Gus likes dancing to it and Labour were successful in 1997 using it so fingers crossed it brings similar success to us. Since the song has been adopted things have been getting better. From the dark days at Palace, West Brom and Swansea things could only get better and thankfully they are. [More]

Watmore Do We Want?

After the impressive introduction of a young Duncan Watmore in last week’s F.A. Cup with Budweiser at home to Carlisle, talk immediately began to filter through of how he should now be included in the first team on a regular basis. Of course, that was inevitable, after the former Altrincham forward put in a fantastic cameo performance, which nearly included his first senior goal and injected some much needed energy into a placid home crowd. [More]

Gus is Fed Up - but is a Clear Out the Answer?

Gus Poyet seems to have learnt something about the Sunderland team since arriving on Wearside. They aren't really that good. And, despite having come from a lower league club, the Uruguayan is seemingly losing patience with the squad. With the transfer window open and survival looking a formidable feat, in recent press conferences the Head Coach stated a desire to make some changes in a squad starting to wear him out. However, after the unfruitful fortunes of a destroy and rebuild strategy last summer, the extent of January's dealings must be monitored. [More]