Michael Gray criticises Sunderland’s transfer policy

Sunderland have struggled in the transfer market in recent years.

The Black Cats can put many of their failings down to the poor work they do in the transfer market, and Michael Gray has told the Daily Mail that he does not understand the transfer policy of the club.

The former Sunderland star said: “I like Borini, Lens and Yann M’Vila – but why we had to bring the other ones in, I don’t know. That’s why we’ve gone through so many managers, because they’ve brought in the wrong players. It can’t be every manager’s fault at the football club. It just can’t. I think the finger has to be pointed somewhere else.”

The Black Cats brought in eight players this summer, with chairman Ellis Short backing Dick Advocaat in the transfer market to sign all the players he requested.

However, of the players brought in, few have impressed, and even fewer have a proven Premier League pedigree.

DeAndre Yedlin, Ola Toivonen and Yann M’Vila are all risky moves due to their lack of Premier League experience, whilst even the players such as Fabio Borini, Younes Kaboul and Seb Coates - who have played in England - have failed to ever impress.

Jeremain Lens is the only signing which could be said as a forward thinking move, but he cannot carry a team of past-it players by himself.

Whilst one transfer window of poor work could be written off as a mistake, this has become a continual issue with the Black Cats, and there is no real vision of how the club are attempting to move forward.

Gray does not believe Advocaat is to blame for the issues, and he wants to see the finger of blame pointed at another member of staff, considering the long-term problems that have surround the Stadium of Light.

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