Gus Poyet has suggested that Sunderland will have no problems keeping their loan additions, if they wish to make their transfers permanent at the end of the year.
Last campaign the Black Cats struggled to keep hold of all their temporary signings after their loan deals ran out, with many returning to their parent clubs despite the Wearsiders wanting to sign them in permanent transfers.
The likes of Fabio Borini and Ki Sung-Yueng went back to Liverpool and Swansea City, despite being on Sunderland's list of targets, this summer much to Poyet's disappointment, but the Uruguayan boss believes that his current crop of loanees will be much easier to tie down.
"I think that [converting loan signings into permanent ones] is something we’ve improved on and I think (sporting director) Lee Congerton has talked about that in the past," he said to the Sunderland Echo.
“There were players who were on loan here last season that it was very difficult to do (sign permanently).
“There were too many when there wasn’t even an option. We can go through Ki, Fabio and Marcos Alonso.
“At the end of the day, the three of them are not here.
“Of course, you can’t put in a £30million option.
“But I think now we are a bit more covered in those situations and it will be easier if they go alright.”
The Black Cats currently have Santiago Vergini, Ricky Alvarez and Sebastian Coates on loan at the club and it seems that, if they impress, they could extend their year-long stays.
The club have utilised the loan market well and the form of Borini and Ki was pivotal in their escape from the drop last season.
This season, too, the temporary additions seem to have roles to play in the side's first team.
Alvarez and Vergini are part of Poyet's starting plans, whilst Coates plays a rotational role in the defence.
So far they have made solid, if not spectacular starts. The North-East outfit have proven tough to beat over the opening of the season, but they will need to start picking up three points more regularly if they are to improve on last season.