Survey 2014: Splash the cash to avoid another Sunderland scrap for survival

Gus Poyet.
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WHAT is apparent from the Echo’s Survey 2014 is that fans want to see the club make a significant spend this summer to avoid any more danger of being sucked into the relegation zone.

The Black Cats spent almost the whole of the last season in the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three and the vast majority of fans want to see money spent to boost the club up the table.

Roy Mills, of Roker, thought £10-20million might be enough. “Good Premier League players don’t come cheap,” he said.

Andrew Lister, of Southwick, suggested the same figure, and added: “Big changes are needed... again.

“Hopefully we can sign four or five decent players and supplement that with a few loan players, including Borini!”

Michael Kierl, of Fulwell, pointed out: “I’d say £10-20m – we probably can’t spend too much because of Financial Fair Play regulations anyway.”

Many supporters pointed out that how much Sunderland spend this summer could be conditional on how many of their loan signings of this season could be recruited for next – Fabio Borini? Marcos Alonso? Ki Sung Yueng?

Steve Beckwith, of Seaham, was one of the many calling for a £30-40m investment.

He said: “We need a proven goalscorer who can net 15-20 goals a season. We need a creative midfielder to play alongside Lee Cattermole and we need a top-class centre-half to eventually break the John O’Shea-Wes Brown partnership.

“We absolutely have to have a proven Premier League striker – but for how many seasons have we been saying that now?”

That view was echoed by Robert Shaw- in Canada, who said: “Assuming that our objective is top 10 and not just survival we need a proven striker besides Connor Wickham, our defence needs depth, we need replacements in midfield and, in goal, Vito Mannone needs back-up.”

David Branton, of Pennywell, was another of the majority who wanted £30-40m spent and was forthright in his views: “Get rid of the deadwood and the players who are on loan and wouldn’t even be a squad player and bring in fresh faces with talent and players who want to play for the club, not just pick up a wage.

“Get somebody who can carry the squad when the team is in bad form.”

Kevin Lamb, of Murton, was another who was in favour of a £30-40m spend, but he also hoped that there might be a few bargains to be picked up by the club.

“Hopefully money is spent wisely for a change,” he said. “But there are some good freebies kicking about.

“Also, although I don’t like buying from relegated teams, there have been some quality players relegated this term.”

Malcolm Milburn, of Bowburn, said: “I’d like to see £30-40m spent. I can’t see it happening, but three or four quality signings would make a heck of a difference.

Tommy Boyd, of Renfrew in Scotland, said: “We can’t forget some of the bad points of last season. We really need to invest in players. We can’t just accept 13th-17th. We need ambition.”