Sunderland flop Ignacio Scocco bemuses boss Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet is at a loss to explain why Ignacio Scocco flopped so badly in the Premier League as he was a much sought-after talent.

Sunderland believed they had pulled off quite the transfer coup in January 2014 when they lured Ignacio Scocco to the Stadium of Light.

He may not have been a name that too many Premier League supporters were familiar with, but he was held in high regard within South American circles.

A spell in Greece with AEK Athens had also been a success, showing that he was capable of doing the business in Europe.

It was, however, in his native Argentina and in Brazil with Internacional that he had made the biggest impact and clubs across the world were reported to be keen on securing his services.

Sunderland landed him on a two-and-a-half-year deal, but saw him struggle to settle before being shipped back to his homeland less than seven months after he arrived.

Gus Poyet is at a loss to explain why Scocco flopped so badly, with plenty of time and effort having been put in to identifying the right transfer targets 12 months ago.

He said in The Chronicle: “We had to look to people we knew. We had a bit of a relationship with Marcos (Alonso) with the Spanish and we wanted him the year before at Brighton when he went to Fiorentina.

“I knew Liam (Bridcutt), I knew Oscar (Ustari) from Argentina and Nacho Scocco as well.

“Every team in South America wanted Scocco but it did not work for whatever reason here.”

Poyet is hoping to fare better in the next transfer window, with Premier League bosses free to add again from January 3.

He is busy drawing up another list of potential new recruits and will be looking to strike quickly once the market re-opens.

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