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Sunderland deadline day review - The jury is out

Sunderland have had a busy summer, and deadline day was no different.

They have been one of the busiest clubs throughout the transfer window deadline but after they signed in excess 11 players before deadline day the Mackems weren’t finished there.

Paulo Di Canio brought in Napoli’s Andrea Dossena along with Liverpool striker Fabio Borini on a season-long loan deal in order to improve what has been a poor start to the season. It is interesting to note that Di Canio has gone for two fellow countrymen, so they are players who he can easily communicate what he wants from them. 

It was highlighted by many that Di Canio needed to strengthen his side in the left-back area, and he hopes Dossena fits the bill. Given where he has been playing in the past couple of years - a little further up the field - one does wonder whether he is the right man for that job. It could be a case of they needed someone, and they just got anyone.

Sunderland have lost striker Stephane Sessegnon to West Bromwich Ablion for a fee believed to be around £6m but the arrival of Borini from Liverpool has filled that particular void. Though his time on Merseyside hasn’t produced much for the Italian, a sustained run in the side could be just what he needs and Sunderland may just see the best of him. Sessegnon has been a talented player for Sunderland, but other things away from the playing side may have been a factor in him leaving.  

They perhaps could’ve gone for another midfield player which has been mooted as another area that Sunderland needed to strengthen. Though they did make the signing of former Celtic Ki Sung-Yueng on a season-long loan from Swansea, someone who the Sunderland boss thinks is an excellent addition to their squad. He is a player that can provide a good deal of creativity, and he might give fellow new signing Borini some decent service.

An overall assessment of the window of deadline day? Plenty of activity, but the jury is out as to whether it was a successful one or not.

images: © vagueonthehow, © Ronnie Macdonald

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