Rowell Report: Fingers crossed for new signings

Gary Rowell, former Sunderland player and now Echo columnist
Gary Rowell, former Sunderland player and now Echo columnist
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BY THE time my next column appears, the transfer window will be firmly shut, not to re-open until next January.

Despite already bringing in 11 new players, it’s still obvious Sunderland need even more to strengthen the team.

I’m in the camp that believes the window should shut just before the season starts and managers can then concentrate on the matches without the distractions of key players moving in or out.

However, as it’s still open and, with less than a week to go now, I’m hoping Sunderland can be productive and bring in at least a couple, while hanging on to players we want to keep.

The central midfield playmaker seems to be at the top of Paolo Di Canio’s wishlist and I wouldn’t disagree with that as I think we still struggle to carve out chances and lack creativity.

Left-back is also a problem position since Danny Rose’s departure. With midfielder Jack Colback currently filling in there, we are very light in that role.

We all know now that the last day of the transfer window is when the action really hots up and it all goes a bit mad.

So I’ll be like everybody else in being glued to Sky Sports, with my fingers crossed, hoping for the new recruits to improve the team and excite the fans.