Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has strongly hinted that the club need to bring in a top-class player for a considerable sum following their disastrous opening day defeat at Leicester City, The Sun reports.
The Black Cats have been one of quietest teams on the transfer front this summer, bringing in only four players so far this summer.
As such, questions have been asked of the club’s prospects this season and their opening Premier League fixture was a rude awakening – crashing to a 4-2 defeat at Leicester City.
The Foxes netted three goals in the opening 14 minutes, and by half-time it could have been much worse.
Speaking after the full-time whistle, Advocaat admitted that he was concerned by his side’s evident lack of quality and hinted that the club need to bring in a top-class player before the transfer window shuts.
“It’s not only the result which scares me a little bit but the way we played, especially in the first half. We still know what we have to do, we still have to change some things,” the Dutchman explained.
“You cannot only buy players for £1m, £2m or £3m. That was the mistake because we have a president who’s doing everything he can to help us to help the team.”
Injection of quality needed
Looking through the Sunderland squad, it’s a team full of able players but one of little standout quality in a number of key areas – a recipe for disaster.
Opting for a 4-5-1 formation with Jermain Defoe as the lone striker, it was a catastrophe waiting to happen and one which now places the club in a tricky spot ahead of the transfer window deadline.