The left-back position has been a problem for Sunderland so far this season, as the team have yet to fill the void left by Danny Rose after he returned to Tottenham following his loan spell. Given their poor start to the season, it's clearly an area that Sunderland needs to address before the transfer deadline.
The latest name banded about to be the answer to Sunderland's problems is Andrea Dossena – who will be well-known to everyone who watches the Premier League for his spell at Liverpool. And that spell alone underlines why he's not the answer to solve the left-back conundrum - he ended up being converted to a winger.
Dossena signed for Liverpool for relatively big money - £7m. But it didn’t work out for him at Anfield - a lot of the time he was outpaced, out-fought and often caught flat-footed. He became a defensive liability, and lost his starting place in the second half of the season to the more reliable Fabio Aurelio, and emerging Emiliano Insua.
But going forward there was promise - his final ball was dangerous and always gave someone with an eye for goal a chance to convert an opportunity; perhaps the most memorable aspect of his time in England was his goal at Old Trafford for Liverpool.
What Sunderland need at the moment is one or two players at left back position who are both solid and reliable. Players who can intelligently push a winger onto their weaker side, who can win the ball and do the simple things well.
Dossena has his qualities, but all of the above were never his key strengths. He is a player that provides another attacking outlet for his side, rather than defensive solidity.
So I don't see Dossena being the answer to Sunderland's prayers - if they do sign him, the left-back weaknesses will still not have been addressed.
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