Rowell Report: Sunderland’s transfer window signings crucial

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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I THINK Sunderland fans can expect a busy end to the transfer window with the club apparently close to the signing of Argentine attacker Ignacio Scocco and maintaining a firm interest in Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

Other deals might fall into place and there’s likely to be a few more going out as well as those coming in.

I don’t mind any of this.

I said last week in the column that I never want to see a window again like last summer where we bring 14 players in and let almost as many go - I think that has proven to be a folly.

But I watched the Kidderminster game at the weekend, where none of Sunderland’s fringe players particularly caught the eye and I fully understand why head coach is looking at bringing in a quality signing or two in.

I would have loved to have started this article talking about fantastic displays against the Harriers suggesting Poyet could save himself some money in the transfer market.

But the reality was that no-one really shone or suggested they had first-team answers for the Uruguayan.

Personally, I would have liked Poyet to have brought Duncan Watmore off the bench in the game- I would have liked another look at him after he impressed against Carlisle and he could well have livened up a drab contest.

But there’s no doubt Sunderland’s squad needs some improving for the final few months. January signing Marcos Alonso is a move in the right direction, ticking all the boxes, and new boys Oscar Ustari and Santiago Vergini looked comfortable, even though they were playing non-league opposition at the weekend.

Hopefully all three will go on to prove themselves valuable recruits, and if Sunderland can get one or two more into the squad in attacking positions, this could be a very successful window.