Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Who You Should Buy: Sunderland

Sometimes as a soccer fan it must be hard to fathom the goings on at your club. Sunderland is a case in point. Mackem fans, after having seen their team reach respectable mid-table mediocrity last year, have been heard to cry 'what the fuck!' with increasing regularity and volume as the transfer period has progressed. 'We're selling youngster Jordan Henderson - what the fuck?!' ''We're getting £20 million for him - what the fuck?!!' 'We're getting David Ngog - what the fuck?!!!' 'We're getting Ngog and Darren Gibson - what the FUCK?!'. At least their manager should have plenty of money at his disposal after the sales of Henderson and Darren Bent. But how will he use it.? Will it be the Bruce that bought Asamoah Gyan, or the Bruce that bought David Healy? Despite having Sessegnon and Cattermole on the books and having brought in Seb Larsson recently, Bruce seems intent on bringing in more midfielders. That's fine, but if your main source of creativity last season came from old-timers Malbranque and Zenden, maybe Charlie Adam or Stephen Ireland would be better choices than Craig Gardner and Gibson. Getting one of them would cost a bit, but Sunderland have the funds, and with such proven players the risk would be minimal. Or they could really go crazy and buy Charles N'Zogbia. But it's an English manager we talking about. Why take a risk on one of those unreliable, moody creative show ponies, when you could buy an overpriced guy who runs around?
Sunderland will also be on the look out for a replacement for Bent. Crouch would fit the bill if they want experience, Wickham if they want youth. Nzog it'll be then [actually it wont].

Signing No.1 should be Charlie Adam. A good fit for both parties.

Signing No. 2 is a new central defender. Anton Ferdinand gets plenty of paying time - enough said. Scott Dann would do a better job. Wes Brown? Yeah, he would too.

Signing No. 3 a replacement for Bent. Crouchie or Wickham could pick up some tips from Niall Quinn.

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