NEW signing Jordi Gomez is convinced that Sunderland coach Gus Poyet is going to be good for his career.
The midfielder enjoyed a productive season at Wigan Athletic last term, even though the Latics narrowly missed out on promotion when they lost to QPR in the play-offs.
Gomez (pictured) was voted Wigan’s Player of the Season in a Championship campaign which saw him finish as the club’s top scorer.
But the 29-year-old is hoping for better at Sunderland, now that he is back in the Premier League and especially because he is working with Poyet.
“I am looking forward to working with him,” he said. “And that’s why joining Sunderland is very good news.
“He is a brilliant head coach and did a very good job last season – I am really happy to be working with him.
“He has good ideas and I like the way he wants his teams to play.
“I am happy to have a coach like him – I think my style will fit his ideas.”
The Wigan playmaker became the Black Cats’ second capture of the summer when he joined West Brom’s Billy Jones in penning a three-year deal – both men arriving on Bosman deals.
And Gomez is excited about the prospect of playing under a coach whose principles are in patient, passing football and comfort in possession.
Both signings are players who have filled the gaps left by others – Jones a direct replacement for Phil Bardsley, Gomez for Craig Gardner, who have both departed on Bosmans themselves.
Gomez’s chances of starting first-team games look as though they are set to be enhanced by the expected departure of Academy product Jack Colback.
The Tynesider is out of contract and has been offered new and improved terms, but the Black Cats never acted swiftly or strongly enough last summer when they had the chance to tie Killingworth-born Colback down.
And it now seems certain that he will leave, either for a huge wage packet offered by West Ham or for an offer better than Sunderland’s at Newcastle United.
* Sunderland will reveal their new away kit on Wednesday, with their advertising hinting at a return to a blue strip after last season’s bright yellow.