Sunderland boss confirms 'one or two' January signings

Gus Poyet Press Conference Still

Gus Poyet doesn’t want Sunderland to sign too many players in January.

Poyet completed a fair amount of business over the summer, bringing in 10 players on permanent and loan deals.

Having struggled in the opening stages of the season, the Black Cats finally appear to be finding stability, and, although a host of injuries have reduced Poyet’s squad to the bare-bones, he is keen to continue in the manner in which he is already progressing.

The squad he possesses should be well set to avoid relegation, and there are a number of players who can offer the extra talent to push the Black Cats into the top half of the table. However, the Uruguayan coach believes that he could well be making a move for ‘one or two’ players who can make the difference, rather than attempting to sign a number of players who will add nothing to his squad that they don’t already possess.

“My idea is to bring as few in as possible,” Poyet said, as quoted by the Chronicle.

“I don’t want too many changes.

“I think it’s time to mainly work with what we have got, but perhaps add one or two players that will really make a difference – not just bodies.

“Because when you try to add too many, you cannot get the quality you want with the money available. It’s impossible.

“We just need to concentrate on bringing in that one player who can take you to another level, and who will be the future of the club.”

The key areas that need strengthening in the Black Cats ranks are the defensive and attacking zones, with Poyet lining up a makeshift defence in the last few weeks due to a number of injuries. Whilst many of his injured squad are returning to match fitness, he would be wise to sign extra defensive cover with the possibility that this situation occurs again, later in the season. In the attacking zone, Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham have been solid, if not remarkable, performers, and Poyet could well be looking at making a move for Liverpool’s Fabio Borini, who could be allowed to leave Anfield if Divock Origi’s loan at Lille is cancelled in the January window.

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