February 2, 2016 at 6:07 pm #837977
So what are your thoughts on the window. My thoughts are that we haven’t done enough. I’m pleased with who has gone out but I think we needed to strengthen in the fullback positions and get a striker in – I’d have bust the bank to get Remy on loan and with the others than went out I can’t see how we didn’t have enough flex under FFP to do that. It’ll be interesting to see how Khazri gets on – hopefully he’ll settle quick and do the business. If we can survive we’ll be in a much healthier position to recruit come the summer – no excuses about FFP. My worry is that our annual push from the old guard might not materialise – what have they to motivate them this year as they won’t be here next season so don’t have to worry what relegation will do to their income. Would be good to see a creditable performance against City tonight? HWTLFebruary 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm #838019
northern…I thought we did ok in general re those brought in this window, but we won’t know for a few games yet, and that worries me. I think that Big Sam had a few ideas on several others, and it would appear that the funds were there, but it must be very difficult to persuade ex England internationals to come to a club second from bottom in the league….and this will probably exist until we can show we are improveing.February 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm #840212
I agree totally cheshire – that said I have mixed feelings about Shelvey and Townsend – very good players on their day but time will tell whether they have the right attitude – Shelvey especially. I think Big Sam and his entourage know the foreign market well and know that there’s value to be had but like you said it’s difficult to attract players of calibre to a relegation threatened club, especially one that rightly insists on relegation clauses in the contracts. I’m surprised we’ve been able to do the business we have with 3 decent actual signings rather than loanees.
Good to see the new signings off to a start last night – just a shame we couldn’t get what we deserved from the game. Mightily impressed with Kirchhoff after his poor start at Spurs. Need more performances like that but with a result to go with it starting Saturday v Liverpool.February 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm #842351
I think, like both of you, that we have done ok in the transfer window but we do seem to miss out on some good chances to enhance the squads quality. Charlie Austin going to Southampton for £4M is one example among many. We also seem to get bogged down with going after one player (Borini and Ayew), to the detriment of everything else, or is this the media playing stupid games? Overall, we have strengthened the team, but only time will tell by how much. Whatever happens after this season, I can guarantee one thing, if Big Sam is still in charge he will be carrying out a clearing out operation the like of which has probably never been seen at Sunderland before. We have a lot of dross at the club, Sam knows it, the fans know it, lets hope the board and owner have now (at last), come to realise it too.February 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm #844706
billy – I don’t think Austin was ever a realistic prospect as (1) he wanted to stay down south and (2) he’d never have accepted a relegation clause that was odds-on with the bookies likely to be invoked. I do think the media hyped the Ayew thing and I’m sure his agent was looking for another pay day – I believe Sam when he says we weren’t ever really in for him. I do believe we could have done with a bit of muscle up front – just don’t think there was anyone out there who was a realistic target – that said I’d imagine Sam would have a better idea than me.
I’d agree that there’ll be a clear out come the summer – that’ll begin with those out of contract but the board have to realise that there’s little value in the duds and letting them run down their contracts whilst perpetually going out on loan is achieving absolutely nothing – time to assess their true wage potential and offer a settlement for the difference based on the remainder of their contract and let them find a new club.January 5, 2017 at 12:07 pm #1405045
If there was an option for a swap deal between Carroll and Defoe I think both clubs would like to hang on to their players. At least to the end of the season.January 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm #1421124
The solution to your problems might be to sign the whole Icelandic team.
Robbie Keane is a good partner for Defoe but is unlikely to drop to the bottom of the table.
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