Dick Advocaat urges Sunderland to buy quality in the summer transfer window

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has led the club to Premier League safety after overseeing a 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has offered the club some important transfer window advice in the Sunderland Echo.

The Black Cats confirmed their Premier League survival by drawing 0-0 with Arsenal last night and are now in a position to start planning for the future.

Sunderland will be determined to push up the top-flight table next term – after successive years of struggle - and to do that Advocaat believes that they will need a productive transfer window.

“This is the moment for Sunderland to do something," he said. “You cannot buy for £40 million eight players. You have to try to get more quality in your squad, more competition.

“That’s how you make the team stronger. He [Ellis Short] has spent millions on the team, but the quality was not always there, but hopefully he can now start with another set-up, bringing in fewer players but more quality.”

Whether Advocaat will be in charge to oversee these changes remains to be seen, as his short-term contract expires in the coming months.

The Dutchman may have saved Sunderland, but he was always intended to be a quick fix rather than a long-term solution.

It means that the Black Cats may be looking to appoint a new boss in the near future, and if that is the case, then the new man would be wise to listen to Advocaat.

The 67-year-old has done a tremendous job since taking charge at the Stadium of Light and Sunderland will be hoping to build on the foundations he has laid next term.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch