Sunderland boss Poyet: Short-term deals can be of benefit

Gus Poyet.
Gus Poyet.
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SUNDERLAND’S short-term signings are the perfect solution for all parties, insists Gus Poyet.

The Black Cats made their second acquisition in the space of 24 hours yesterday when they completed a deal for Argentine international goalkeeper Oscar Ustari after fellow countryman Santiago Vergini finalised his move on Monday.

All three of Sunderland’s January arrivals have only penned deals until the end of the season, with Ustari agreeing a six-month deal after ending his contract at Spanish side Almeria, and centre-half Vergini and left-back Marcos Alonso joining on loan from Estudiantes and Fiorentina respectively.

Sunderland have options to extend the stays of Ustari and Vergini, but with the club’s Premier League status still firmly hanging in the balance, the Black Cats have been cautious over handing out long-term contracts.

And while the deals benefit Sunderland financially, Poyet says it also gives him the chance to see whether the players can thrive in the Premier League.

The head coach told the Echo: “It’s important for us to get players to join for six months because it works for everybody.

“It works for us, financially, and of course the players want to play at the highest level.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to see them here – training, learning, adapting, working and reacting.

“Then it makes it very easy to sign them for however long you want.”

While Sunderland had considered several goalkeeping options as emergency back-up to first-choice Vito Mannone, Vergini has been very much a long-term target for Poyet and is odds-on to remain at the Stadium of Light, should the Black Cats beat the drop.

The Uruguayan has been keeping tabs on the Argentine international, whose international clearance came through yesterday, since he was in charge at Brighton and believes the 6ft 3in defender is perfectly suited to English football.

“I know him well,” said Poyet.

“I’ve been following him a lot for a year-and-a-half. When he was at Newell’s Old Boys last season and this year at Estudiantes.

“I followed him when he made the national team and won the Argentine league with Newell’s Old Boys.

“He’s a player who I always thought would be good for the way we play and for England, because of his size and ability, and how he understands the game.

“It’s just a matter of adapting to the way we play here. He’s got the whole package to be good for us.”