Rowell Report: Transfer window is huge for Sunderland in relegation battle

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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A WEEK into the transfer window and things seem to be hotting up with Sunderland who, having secured Marcos Alonso on loan from Fiorentina on the eve of the New Year, are now being firmly linked with players coming in and going out.

We’ve had Liam Bridcutt trying to force events by handing in a transfer request at Brighton.

Meanwhile, at the time of writing, it seems certain that Cabral’s stay at the Stadium of Light is coming to an end, with the player having gone out to Italy with a view to securing a loan move to Genoa.

All these things are signs that moves are now set to take place and although we can see, with the Bridcutt and Cabral stories that things are starting to happen, I’m sure there’s an awful lot more happening behind the scenes that we are not privy to.

This is going to be a very interesting and possibly crucial window for Sunderland.

But I also think, it’s going to be a very important window potentially for every club in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

The January transfer window is usually a one where a tweak is made here, a correction there.

But in this particular window, I don’t think that any of the bottom eight in the Premier League can feel as though they have safety secured and, because of that, this window could determine who stays up and who goes down.

I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that a very good transfer window for one club, and a very bad one for another, could make all the difference.

In that context, we have to be pleased with the little progress Sunderland have made so far because left-back Alonso’s debut against the Premier League champions was very impressive.

He’s Gus Poyet’s first signing.

And if that’s the calibre and potential of the players he’s bringing in, then that bodes well for Sunderland.