Why Sunderland are wrong to be targeting 22-year-old Liverpool outcast

Tiago Ilori is reportedly being tracked by Sunderland.

The Black Cats are keen on signing the 22-year-old centre-back in the summer, as per the Sunderland Echo.

Having yet to play a game for the Reds, and with his contract expiring at the end of this term, the youngster could be tempted by a move to Wearside if the club offer him first-team football at a consistent rate.

However, Ilori is not the type of player that Sunderland should be targeting, especially with the current state of the Black Cats squad.

If Ilori completed a transfer to the Stadium of Light, he would be another unproven defender signed by Sunderland, and that transfer system has already been exposed.

Sebastian Coates and Santiago Vergini arrived on loan at the Stadium of Light in previous months as relatively untested talents at the very highest level, and neither could be considered resounding successes. Ilori represents another transfer of that ilk, with unproven players signed on the cheap in the hope that they deliver.

That policy would be a good one if there was thought behind it, as you could be guaranteed success on a tight budget. However, the Black Cats are not moving for undervalued proven players, but unproven players who have nothing to back up the claim that they deserve to be playing in the Premier League.

The failure of the current defence is the reason that Wes Brown and John O’Shea have been regular starters despite their age, and that is not the state that Sunderland want to enter the new season in.

The signing of Patrick van Aanholt is a success story of their transfer system, as he was available at a reasonable price after impressing over a length of time with a large number of appearances behind him. Across the last two seasons, Ilori has made just 20 appearances, making him the complete opposite of van Aanholt.

It could turn out that Sunderland do sign Ilori, and he is a big hit. However, there will be an element of luck behind that, and not the same thought process that should be behind every single move the Black Cats make in the transfer market.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch