With the transfer window in full swing now, Sunderland’s recruitment team will be working round the clock to bring in the fresh faces that Sam Allardyce desperately needs.
The first half of the season has been a disaster in footballing terms and Sunderland are second bottom of the league for a reason, so quality signings are needed to get out of the current predicament.
Big Sam has built his reputation on organisation, team-work and his sides being difficult to break down, and that all starts at the back.
So with Sunderland having the worst goals against record in the league, it’s clear where his priorities lie.
It’s no surprise that a big strong centre-half, Jan Kirchhoff, has been his first signing and with the way our current stoppers have picked up injuries lately, he may even need a couple more if he resumes playing three at the back.
Allardyce’s teams over the years have usually had a big targetman leading the line, like Andy Carroll or Kevin Davies, so it’s no surprise that type, such as Dame N’Doye, is also be on Sam’s radar.
But players who can get goals as well, usually come with a hefty price tag.
To help finance incoming signings, I’m sure the club will be desperate to offload the unwanted fringe players and Allardyce won’t care about reputations or how much they cost.
Some at the club who cost big money might even be used as a bargaining chip if Sam feels a good deal can be done.
With Kirchhoff already in the bag, hopefully they’ll be more to follow, as Allardyce looks to reshape and improve his team in this busy month.
A good transfer window could be the difference between Premier League or Championship football for Sunderland next season and as we haven’t had too many good ones recently, let’s hope Allardyce and his recruitment team get their first one right.