MARTIN Jol was the first to admit that Paolo Di Canio has his hands full in trying to integrate so many new players into his side this season.
But the Fulham boss also pointed out that such tasks are the reality of managing in the Premier League these days – having brought in seven new signings of his own this summer.
And he says the challenge facing clubs like Fulham and Sunderland is to operate in a difficult market, constantly look to find value for money.
“At a club like Fulham, we cannot compete with the biggest clubs in terms of spending power,” said the Dutchman.
“I wanted to buy Darren Bent for a long time, for example, but could not afford him when he was performing well.
“And now I have quite a few players like him – players who have not done well at their club and that I must hope can do well at mine.
“It’s a bit of a gamble going down that road, but it’s better to do that, than do nothing at all.
“You are always trying to improve, and constantly changing teams is a fact of life in the Premier League these days.
“We’ve brought in seven new players this summer, while many other players have moved on and that means you are constantly adjusting.
“It can be a problem, but it’s just one you have get on with.”
Jol argued, though, that he had seen plenty of promise from the Italian’s Sunderland side, despite the Black Cats suffering a 1-0 opening-day reverse.
And he confessed he was very pleased to have been on the right side of a winning result against a very motivated team.
“Sunderland played with a lot of energy and a very attacking style and it was difficult for us,” he said.
“It was a perfect away result from us, but it was far from being a perfect performance.
“I’m pleased with the win, but disappointed with the way we went about the game – we have to be better in future.
“We had to grind out the result and it was a very scrappy game for us.
“Sunderland put so many players up front – they have four attacking players and we didn’t do well at times.
“We had to try to control the midfield, but we didn’t do that in the first half and we couldn’t keep the ball.
“In hindsight, against a very energetic Sunderland team, it was a bit easier than we thought. But that was because we showed a lot of spirit and defended well.”