SUNDERLAND’S under-used summer signings need to be ready to grasp their first-team opportunity when it arrives.
That’s the message from Gus Poyet to new boys Cabral, Modibo Diakite, El Hadji-Ba, Charis Mavrias and David Moberg Karlsson, who are yet to feature under the new head coach.
Poyet says they need to follow the example of fellow summer arrivals, derby hero Fabio Borini, along with Vito Mannone and Ki Sung-Yeung, who impressed against Southampton in midweek, by taking their chance when it arrives.
“You need to be ready,” said Poyet.
“Look at the situation with the goalkeeper and the situation with Fabio Borini.
“Ki didn’t play in the first three games and then he needed to jump in and play because Lee Cattermole was suspended.
“You need to be ready to jump in and play.
“I know it’s easy to say and people think we are like a recording machine. But it’s not.
“You have to be ready to take that chance and not complain that you weren’t fit or not concentrating.
“Then it’s up to you. If you are good enough, then I’ve got a problem.
“But if you go onto the pitch and you’re not expecting it, then that’s down to you.”
Poyet says Sunderland’s precarious position in the relegation scrap has led him to turn to the tried and tested over his first month in the job, rather than taking a chance on players who are still settling into English football.
“When you bring in so many players, there is a process; players need to adapt,” he said.
“And because of the situation that we’re in, that process needs to be very short.
“You cannot wait for people. It needs to be now.
“That’s why in some games the decision over who to play is that I want players who are ready now.”
Despite the arrival of 14 new players during the summer, Poyet says he will be like any other manager in wanting to add to his squad in the January transfer window.
Poyet will meet with director of football Roberto De Fanti this week to discuss Sunderland’s transfer plans for the window.
He added: “Every manager would like something different. I’m no different.
“Even if you are at the top, you will have a meeting to see if you have something to correct in January.
“There’s players that I know can do what I want and other ones who might not.
“Can we find someone better? If not, then the more we keep working.”
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