Sunderland head coach Dick Advcoaat is not convinced that his side is equipped to have both a good cup run and secure survival in the Premier League.
But after a poor start to the current campaign - which showed signs of improvement with the 1-1 draw against Swansea City on Saturday - there is a desire for the Black Cats to get a win on the board when they play Exeter City tonight in order to get some momentum into their season - but according to quotes carried in the Chronicle, Sunderland fans may not want to get their hopes up regarding the booking of another trip to Wembley.
Advocaat said: “The Premier League is the most important thing.
“But if you get a bigger squad, then it is easier to do well in the cup as well.”
So, unless there is an influx of players between now and when the transfer window shuts in six days time, there is little chance of Sunderland looking to target silverware this season in one of the domestic cup competitions. It's hard to see the club signing that many players between now and the passing of the deadline, and the club's efforts look as if they will be focused on the league campaign.
Some would suggest that pursuing glory in the cups could add some vital momentum to any league campaign, and may be a little puzzled by Advocaat's approach, but resting players for some of the bigger league games may make a lot of sense in the eyes of those that understand the Dutchman's approach.