FORMER Sunderland striker David Rush says only Ellis Short and Gus Poyet will truly know if the Black Cats have had a successful summer transfer window.
The Wearsiders made nine signings in the close season and although they failed to reinforce up front – Poyet missing out on number one target Fabio Borini – they made some quality signings.
They did particularly well in the Bosman market, with Costel Pantilimon, Jordi Gomez and Billy Jones all arriving as free agents.
Manchester City and England midfielder Jack Rodwell was the marquee signing, but Patrick van Aanholt, Will Buckley look useful additions while Inter Milan’s Ricky Alvarez and Liverpool’s Sebastian Coates look like two quality loan signings to go along with returning loanee Santiago Vergini.
But lifelong Sunderland fan Rush, now assistant manager of Northern League club West Auckland.
Rush knows all about working to a budget and he says that, when it comes to measuring Sunderland’s performance, it’s all about how far the club was prepared to push things financially.
“What’s success to Sunderland at the minute?” wondered the 43-year-old
“I don’t know what budget Gus Poyet has had to spend, so without knowing that, what is success to Sunderland?
“That’s the big question.
“Gus should be asking the chairman ‘What do you see as being success for Sunderland?’
“To get them eighth or ninth place in the Premier League, or just to stop up?
“These are the questions you’ve got to ask the board.”
Whatever happens this season, Rush has seen enough of the Uruguayan to believe he is the perfect man for his old club.
The former Sunderland fan says he was a big fan of Poyet’s even before the head coach produced the amazing Great Escape for the Black Cats at the end of last season.
“I definitely think Gus Poyet’s the right man for the job,” he said.
“I’ve always said that.
“He did an absolutely amazing job at Brighton with very little budget, and obviously he was a magnificent football player.
“So that’s all stood him in good stead, and it’s great for the future of Sunderland Football Club.”
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