GARY ROWELL: Sunderland must spend early in January sales

Gary Rowell
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GUS Poyet’s first transfer window as Sunderland’s head coach opens today and I’m encouraged that he wants to get players in quickly.

I think that’s essential – although I appreciate it is not always easy to do.

I do think though that clubs can miss a trick in this window when they don’t sign players right until the very end of it – which is something Sunderland have done on occasion.

When that happens, a whole month has gone in which they could have been bedding in and I think that does leave much time at the nub end of the season for them to settle in and start making a real difference.

If I could have had one player on my own personal wish-list coming in, it would be Danny Rose, who was on loan with us last season from Spurs. He would be able to settle in instantly and he would improve us both defensively and in attack.

I appreciate that’s not going to happen, with Fiorentina’s Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso having joined the club.

And that’s good news in itself – at the age of 22, he’s going to have plenty of energy and stamina and the fact he’s played in the Premier League before – with Bolton – is a bonus.

I think we need to strengthen our options up front because we simply aren’t scoring enough and we need a fourth striker.

But I also think that we need a creative, goal-scoring midfielder because we are struggling to create and break teams down when they come to the Stadium of Light looking to be solid and defend.

All in all, it could be a busy month for Sunderland but I think Poyet is right in not wanting to mess around and in wanting to get on with it.

New faces, early in the window, can only boost Sunderland’s hopes of maintaining momentum.

THE ROWELL REPORT is in tomorrow’s Echo