SUNDERLAND’S goal threat will be boosted by the imminent new arrivals at the Stadium of Light, boss Gus Poyet has confirmed.
Poyet indicated after Saturday night’s final friendly in Portugal that he was confident of several breakthroughs in the transfer market, following a frustrating wait to add to the four players already captured this summer – Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones, Patrick van Aanholt and Costel Pantilimon.
The Sunderland boss was coy when asked whether one of those arrivals would be main target Fabio Borini, simply replying: “You’ll know in two or three days.”
It has been more than a fortnight since Sunderland saw a £14million bid accepted by Liverpool for Borini, with mixed messages appearing over the Italian’s future.
But Poyet did admit that this week’s spending spree would address Sunderland’s need for fresh attacking options.
“I’m expecting good things this week,” said Poyet, who refused to be drawn on whether Sunderland were chasing Cardiff midfielder Jordon Mutch – the subject of a failed £5million bid from newly-promoted QPR.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the final touches with the players we bring in to make sure we have a competitive squad.
“It’s quality sometimes, the different ability that you need in the last third, more players, everything really.
“But it is clear that we need to score more.”
Sunderland have struggled for goals during the pre-season programme, since netting five against non-league Darlington 1883 in their opening friendly.
The only subsequent goals have come when the Under-21 squad have been on the field.
Sunderland netted just once during their three friendlies in Portugal – a penalty from youngster Mikael Mandron in the opening game against Recreativo de Huelva – and struggled to create chances in a dull stalemate with Vitoria Setubal on Saturday.
But providing Sunderland’s transfer hopes go to plan this week, Poyet is not necessarily concerned by the goal worries during pre-season.
“It’s something we need to improve,” he said.
“But is it something we need to worry about?
“During the time that we were passing the ball and we were fresh on Saturday, we were very close.
“The problem is that, at the moment, it looks like it is becoming more and more difficult.
“If we were just kicking the ball forward and hoping for the bounce, then we could talk about the fact we were not playing well.
“But we have done OK and it is just the finish that is missing.
“There were quite a few times in the first half when we were behind the back four and there was a very easy cross or pass, but we did not make it.”