Dick Advocaat comments on effect of new signings at Sunderland so far

Dick Advocaat

Sunderland have endured a poor start to the season, only picking up two points from their opening seven games.

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat has admitted that his new summer signings don't seem to making any sort of difference to his side after their poor start to the league campaign.

It was a busy transfer window for the Black Cats in August as they looked to bolster their squad to consolidate their position in the Premier League as they sought to avoid the need to pull off another one of their great escapes to maintain their league status - but a familiar pattern appears to be emerging this season with his side currently bottom with two points from their opening seven games.

Advocaat is quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “It’s difficult because we brought some new players in and you hope they will do that along with the players left.

“But, at the moment, they don’t seem to be making a difference.”

The transfer window saw the likes of Fabio Borini, Jeremain Lens, Younes Kaboul, Adam Matthews, Yann M'Vila, Ola Toivonen and DeAndre Yedlin all arrive at the club during the summer. Naturally when so many player arrive at the club at one time, and as late as a lot of them did in Sunderland's case, it is going to take a while for them to make their mark on the side both in terms of performances and results. 

But they need to start finding ways to win games and quick, and their next game is against the away day specialists West Ham United when they meet at the Stadium of Light next weekend. At the moment it's hard to see where their first win is going to come from, especially as they have failed to keep a clean sheet so far this season.

He did go on to say that he doesn't apportion blame to any individual in the squad, saying that they win and lose together as a team. 

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