Why signing Ulloa is a priority for Sunderland survival hopes

Gus Poyet Brighton

Brighton hit-man could be key for Black Cats as Poyet looks to build for survival.

This season has started pretty horrifically for Sunderland but now they have a platform to build on after their 2-1 win over arch-rivals Newcastle on Saturday.

Gus Poyet was named manager on 8th October replacing Paolo Di Canio who was relieved of his duties after an extremely poor start.

As soon as Poyet was named manager there were talks that he would attempt to sign some of his old players from Brighton, although negotiations between clubs could be a little difficult considering the circumstances the Uruguayan left under.

He has 3 quarters of the season left to save a sorry Sunderland side that were starting to become tipped to take back the mantel of ‘worst Premier League team in history’ before their win against Newcastle.

I believe the key to saving Sunderland’s season is for Poyet to bring in players he can trust to roll up their sleeves and work hard for the side as they face a difficult few months of nail-biting heartache.

There would be few better signings in my opinion than Argentinian giant Leonardo Ulloa, signed in January of this year he quickly became a fans favourite at the Amex and a personal favourite to the manager. The void the striker’s injury has left at Brighton in the past few weeks has been telling of his ability and impact he has for the south coast side.

What to expect from Leonardo Ulloa

The Argentinian giant is undoubtedly one of the best players in the Championship and to make the impact he did straight after signing is remarkable.

I have had the pleasure of watching first-hand what the striker is capable of and his Premier League class can be seen a mile off.

He is a centre backs worst nightmare, the physical strength he possess is nothing short of scary and add to the fact his touch and technique is amongst the best in the division, he is the complete forward.

I would expect him to take to the Premier League like a duck to water, and be able to make a similar impact to what Rickie Lambert did for Southampton.

It would be good for the manager to bring in a player he has a history with and good for the club to bring in a player with such a high standard of ability.

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