SUNDERLAND played a low key role on transfer deadline day, with no big money signings and settled for two players in Sebastian Coates and Ricky Alvarez who both came in on season-long loans.
In fact, the Fabio Borini non-signing produced far more debate and discussion on media outlets than the South American pair who actually did arrive.
A centre-half was a must for Gus Poyet, as Wes Brown and John O’Shea can’t go on forever, so getting Coates in ticked that particular box and hopefully he can show he’s over the serious injury he suffered last summer and fulfil the potential which prompted Liverpool to sign him in the first place.
The capture of Alvarez, an Argentine international signed from Inter Milan, who themselves paid £11million for him just three years ago, sounds exciting.
But Sunderland fans know that Emanuele Giaccherini, an Italian internaitonal playing for Juventus, arrived last summer with similar hype and didn’t quite live up to it in his first season.
Sometimes loan players come to a club and think they are doing you a huge favour by just being there. These are the ones to be avoided like the plague.
The best loan signings are young, hungry and have something to prove – like Danny Rose, Jonny EVans and Danny Welbeck, all players who benefited from a spell at Sunderland and went back to their clubs as better footballers for the experience.
If Alvarez and Coates see their move to Sunderland as a chance to get their careers going again, I’ve no problem with that, just as long as they come with the right attitude, work hard and want to improve themselves and the team.