Sunderland debutant Cuellar hopes for further signings

Carlos Cuellar
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CARLOS Cuellar will welcome further additions to a Sunderland squad which he believes is already “strong”.

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill faces a potentially season-defining 11 days in the transfer market as he looks to land the recruits which will augment the Black Cats’ attacking options.

Summer-long target Steven Fletcher – left out of the Wolves squad for Saturday’s defeat at Leeds – and Manchester City winger Adam Johnson remain on the top of O’Neill’s hitlist.

Bosman arrivals Cuellar and Louis Saha have been O’Neill’s only acquisitions so far this summer, with both enjoying heartening debuts in the weekend stalemate at Arsenal.

And although centre-half Cuellar (pictured) has been impressed by the quality of Sunderland’s squad, he admits there is room for increased competition within the Black Cats’ ranks.

Cuellar said: “I think we have a strong squad.

“In the positions people are talking about, like further forward, we need players in certain positions.

“But even if we don’t bring in any players we know we have international players here. We have a strong squad.

“We are strong but we could still be better. A few more players would help.

“If we get another two or three players then that will be better for everyone. Competition improves the team.”

Cuellar was Sunderland’s stand-out performer at the Emirates, as the Spaniard shone at the heart of the back four alongside John O’Shea.

But Sunderland’s defence collectively impressed and Cullear believes the work done during the pre-season campaign was to thank for the clean sheet against Arsene Wenger’s side.

“We felt so comfortable together,” added Cuellar.

“We have played a few pre-season games together and we were really strong together.
“We did not give them much of a chance to create anything from close range.

“I am very happy, we gained a very important point against one of the favourites for the Premier League title.

“We didn’t give them much of a chance to create anything from close range. Most things were from long range.”