Sunderland are set to endure another season of fighting relegation.
The Black Cats are looking like relegation candidates once again this season, but Fabio Borini has told the Sunderland Echo that he believes they have a better chance of staying up than in recent years considering the strength of the squad than Sam Allardyce can call upon.
The Italian striker said: “The first time I was here it was an even worse situation. We have more depth in the squad now [than during his loan spell]. Even if we picked the starting XI, I believe the players on the bench can still change the game. In the first season I was here, that was more difficult to find. Apart from the 12-13 players, there wasn’t much depth.”
Sunderland secured a late survival in the Premier League during Borini’s loan spell at the Stadium of Light, and they have been fighting the same situation since then.
However, the squad built by Dick Advocaat over the summer certainly has much more quality than what Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet could call upon in the 2013/14 season, and they really should not be sitting in the relegation places without a win this term.
The likes of Jeremain Lens, Yann M’Vila and even Borini himself are players good enough for a top 10 team in the Premier League, and although they have been out of form this term, when they get going, picking up results should be fairly easy.
Now that Allardyce has been named boss, there should be a clearer direction as to how the Black Cats want to play, and whilst the football may not be great to watch, it will certainly be effective.
The summer just gone was the first time in a number of years that the situation has actually looked promising for Sunderland - considering the players that were brought in - and many are hoping that Allardyce can finally get a string of good performances out of the selection of talented stars that the Black Cats can call upon.