GUS POYET will wait until next month’s international break before devising his plans for the January transfer window.
Since being appointed as Sunderland head coach less than four weeks ago, Poyet’s focus has centred on the club’s quest for Premier League survival – the first step of which was taken with Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby success.
But. with January on the horizon, Poyet wants to put a blueprint in place for Sunderland’s transfer targets, with owner Ellis Short thought to be ready to back the Uruguayan in the market, albeit the club would need more room to manoeuvre on wages due to financial fair play restrictions.
Poyet also has nine players who are out of contract at the end of the season, including Seb Larsson, Keiren Westwood and Jack Colback, with the latter rejecting Sunderland’s offer of a new deal during the summer.
But the Black Cats boss says the break from the Premier League schedule – which comes after the clash with Manchester City in 10 days time – provides the perfect opportunity for him to discuss transfers and contract renewals with director of football Roberto De Fanti.
Poyet told the Echo: “We will wait until the international week to sit down and analyse things.
“That’s the time that we decided with the club.
“We decided we would have those five or six weeks working with the players and then – after we have hopefully been winning – we will talk about individuals for January.
“Everyone wants to know who and where you want to bring people in.
“Even if you start winning, you might lose a key player to injury.
“But I would prefer to wait until then.
“It’s perfect because it’s the middle of November.
“That gives us another three or four weeks to work on it after that and then be ready at the end of December.
“I look to do things early (in the window). It’s not always possible, but the earlier the better.”
By waiting until then too, Poyet believes it will give him the opportunity to gauge the various strengths and weaknesses of the squad he inherited from Paolo Di Canio.
The former Brighton boss says that he should know by that point which players are able to grasp his ideas of how to take Sunderland out of the Premier League’s doldrums.
He added: “No doubt, I’ll know more about my squad by then as well. That’s key.
“I want to give most of them the chance to know what we need from them and to show me they can do it.
“After six weeks, if they’re not showing it then, then you need to talk to them.”