Sunderland's Jack Rodwell comments on summer signings

The midfielder is keen to play a leading role in helping the side kick on from last season's survival in the Premier League.

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has said in the Northern Echo that the club 'needed' to sign new players this summer, pointing out that the side could not rely on 'playing out of their skin' to avoid relegation again. 

The Black Cats staged a late revival after Dick Advocaat's appointment as Head Coach towards the end of last season, as they managed to avoid the drop, which saw them pick up crucial wins against fierce rivals Newcastle United, as well as against Everton and Southampton, with a 0-0 draw away to Arsenal cementing their place in the division. 

So far, Sunderland have been relatively busy in the transfer market. The loan move for Sebastian Coates from Liverpool has been made permanent, Younes Kaboul has joined from Tottenham, and Adam Matthews and Jeremain Lens have also made switches to Wearside. 

Rodwell told the Northern Echo that he would not mind seeing even more players arrive at the Stadium of Light before the end of the window.

He said: “Nowadays in the Premier League, you have to spend to keep up with everyone else. If we get a few more signings, that will be brilliant. But I think the additions we have already seen have been good.

“Kaboul has Premier League experience at the back, which I think we needed, he is a solid centre-half. Lens looked brilliant to me on Wednesday, and he will only get better. We needed someone like that with some creativity in the final third, and some pace.

“I've seen him in training, I know what he is about and he has a lot of caps for Holland. He is the real deal, really. He did well and hopefully he will get us a few goals, because he had a few chances – a few shots from range, too.

“They've all fitted in well. Coates was here last season, Kaboul knows Jermain Defoe from Tottenham, I played against Adam Matthews in the Victory Shield when we were both 15 or 16, Lens is Dutch and speaks a lot to the manager and Patrick van Aanholt. They have all fitted in quite nicely.”

A combination of Premier League experience and one foreign import seems to be the tonic that the Sunderland boss has prescribed his side this season.

It is essential that Sunderland turn as many draws as possible from last season into wins. They were prolific at picking up one point, but never really had the winning habit throughout the campaign, which contributed to their struggles going into the business end of the season. 

They will have looked at their fixture list and believe that they have a few winnable games to start the season and it could give them the springboard to kick on and not have the same problems towards the end of the season as they have had in recent years, and new signings settling in quickly should help their cause. 

There may be a desire to add a little more firepower to the side as there seem to be some changes on the way when it comes to the forward line, but if there is more business to be done, Advocaat will want to get those players in as soon as possible. 

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