Review of Sunderland’s season – Part 2 (b)

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CHRIS YOUNG and GRAEME ANDERSON continue their views on Sunderland’s incredible campaign – and the way ahead.


GA: How many come in, will to some extent be determined by how many go out.

Will the likes of Jack Colback, Seb Larsson, Santiago Vergini and Oscar Ustari re-commit themselves to the club? Can Marcos Alonso be bought in permanently this summer? Will Fabio Borini be back again for another season’s loan?

Personally, I expect the number of signings to be in double figures.

Everyone is talking about the out-of-contract players at the club, but there will be a few players at the club with ongoing contracts that Poyet would be happy to offload and will look to do so.

That will mean a sizeable overhaul.

The big question is, how much money will be made available for Poyet to spend? The head coach has ambitions to lift the club into the top half of the table, but to do that will require significant investment.

Poyet needs to sign quality if Sunderland are to progress significantly.

Quality costs money.

And quite literally the $64million question is likely to be: how much money is chairman Ellis Short prepared to back his head coach with?

CY: The Great Escape won’t blind Poyet to the deficiencies in Sunderland’s squad and there will be another supermarket spree in the transfer market.

The interesting factor will be how much money is forthcoming.

With eight players out of contract and five on loan, Poyet is immediately at a numerical disadvantage.

I don’t expect the incomings to match last year’s tally of 14 – Poyet has already gone on record to suggest that was too many.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if the fresh faces at the Stadium of Light next season creep up towards double figures.