THE New Year will be no time for novices says Gus Poyet as he eyes the impending January transfer window.
Sunderland’s new head coach met the club’s director of football Roberto De Fanti and chief scout Valentino Angeloni last weekend for amicable talks on potential transfer targets in the opening month of 2014.
But Poyet feels that whoever comes in to a difficult situation at Sunderland, must be able to hit the ground running.
“In January, you need players who can come in and play immediately,” he said.
“When you are in the position we are in, you can’t wait.
“That is the priority.
“And we have already been looking at players who are here in the Premier League.
“But is that 100 per cent possible? No.
“You keep looking for specific positions and the quantity of players available in England is sometimes not enough.
“But to sign players who have played in this league would be the ideal.”
Sunderland brought in 14 players over the summer, only five of whom – Vito Mannone, Ki-Sung-Yueng, Jozy Altidore, Andrea Dossena and Fabio Borini – had Premier League experience.
The other nine had never played in England’s top flight, and of those new arrivals only Ondrej Celustka and Emanuele Giaccherini have featured significantly.
While Poyet’s main target this season is simply to guide Sunderland to safety – and he sees experience as being vital to that – he does accept that he can’t turn his back on potential top young talent if any is identified.
“You have to look at players that you bring in,” he said.
“Are they going to be of an age where they will be at the club for four or five years, or just for six months?
“Of course, we need to strengthen some positions just to help us get safe.
“But that doesn’t mean we will pass up on players who could be part of the future.”