Gus Poyet wants to plan for the next five years during the transfer window.
The Uruguayan coach has already confirmed that he is keen on bringing in a striker, a central defender and a full-back over the January transfer window.
A host of injuries have required Poyet to alternate his defensive unit on multiple occasions, and signing cover for the back-line is the first task that will be achieved on Wearside. On top of that task, the Black Cats are looking to fix their goalscoring issues, having scored just 14 goals in 16 games - the third lowest in the division. Jozy Altidore is likely to leave the Stadium of Light, and, although Poyet has ruled out a return for Liverpool’s Fabio Borini, he is still looking at signing a consistent goalscoring forward.
However, signing for the first-team is not the way that Poyet wants to go around transfer business at Sunderland, with a desire to plan ahead for the future by signing young prospects ahead of overpriced first-team regulars. He has already shown that he is willing to utilise youth already at the club - with the rise to prominence of Connor Wickham - and he looked towards the future when completing transfer business over the summer - by bringing in 23-year-old’s Jack Rodwell and Patrick van Aanholt.
Yet, that is not enough for Poyet, and he told the Sunderland Echo that he wished every transfer window could be spent planning for the next three to five years, although he confirmed that that would not be possible in January.
“It would be nice to have a plan for three to five years because that means you’ve got the basics of a team,” the former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder said.
“It means you can bring in a young player.
“I don’t think that can happen this January for the first-team.”
Poyet admitted that he will only be happy with the way the club is run if it gets to the situation where he can sign players who are not required in the first-team set-up, with a view to the future in mind when agreeing a deal.
He added: “But when we can get to the point in January when we can get a young player who is not going to play, but will be around the first-team, that means we’re unbelievable.
“It will mean we’ve got a solid base and are in a great position.”