RECAP: Michu to Sunderland? Will the Black Cats move for Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes? Chris Young answers your questions

Dick Advocaat watches on from the sideline against Leicester City
Dick Advocaat watches on from the sideline against Leicester City
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Sunderland reporter Chris Young has been busy answering your questions with fans keen to know the latest transfer news.

Chris reflected on the new Premier League campaign, the awful away defeat at Leicester City and the latest surrounding Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes.

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Q: Robert Drew (@robertmichaeld2) Why have quality signings not been made?

CY: Can’t disagree they need more quality. Dick Advocaat said it himself at the end of last season and Lens has so far been the only big money addition. TBF, you don’t necessarily need to spend big to get good players. I still think Coates and Kaboul could be astute additions, but neither looked fit v Leicester. They clearly need a couple more though.

Q: Moti (@BoasCFC) tweeted: Where does the Leicester result leave Jones starting role at right-back?

CY: Good question. Billy had a nightmare and was all over the place, although he was right up there with PVA, who was probably even worse. However, Matthews didn’t look a lot better when he came on and looked defensively fragile in pre-season.

Steven Cook (@Scookie555) asked if there is a chance Advocaat could walk if chairman Ellis Short continues to not invest - surely promises were made to get him to return?

CY: Don’t get that impression as yet. Think people have to remember that there’s another three weeks to go in the window, so can’t really judge Sunderland’s business accurately yet. But as I said before, they clearly need at least another couple who immediately improve the starting XI. Dick knows that, and knows what will happen if they don’t get them.

Q: Just what is the point of the Academy and what do you think of Graig Gordon (ex-keeper) signing a new contract for Celtic?

CY: On the academy, the club are well aware that they need to improve the pathway to the first-team after that has stalled since Henderson / Colback. Congerton has been taking steps to do that. But there are hopes that Beadling, Watmore and particularly Pickford will come good. On Craig Gordon? Good for him. Had an awful time with injuries.

Q:‏@JATBailey tweeted: Was appointing Advocaat on a one-year deal a bit strange given a new manager potentially next summer would want another overhaul?

CY: Yes, that was the downside. I think there were two positives that the club saw with Dick though. (a) They weren’t convinced by the alternatives (at all) and (b) He offered the prospect of some stability.

Q: Fabrizio, via the Sunderland Echo website, asked: Why did the players look so unfit and unprepared last Saturday?

CY: Yeah, I made the same point myself. Don’t think it was a coincidence that Leicester played all their pre-season games in the Midlands and Sunderland had the demands of going over to the other side of the Atlantic.

Q: Why do the clubs youngsters never get a chance in the first team, even as a sub?

CY: With Adam Johnson injury, expect to see Duncan Watmore on the bench v Norwich if he recovers from the knock he sustained in training last week.

Advocaat has been pleased with Watmore’s improvement in training. This could be a chance for him.

Q: SAFC4EVA tweeted why is the club no further forward now than at this stage last season?

CY: Done a column along those lines for tomorrow. Teams like Stoke, Southampton and Swansea have overtaken Sunderland and are now streaks ahead of them.

There’s a host of reasons: Poor signings, manager merry-go-round, scouting network, academy system. They’re things Congerton is addressing, but they take time.

We will be holding regular Q&As with Chris throughout the season.

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