According to a report in the Daily Mail, Sam Allardyce has decided that any signings made in January must possess a key trait, with Sunderland’s Premier League safety hanging by a thread.
The Black Cats manager wants to ensure any players he brings in have Premier League experience, and Allardyce would prefer they come from the English market, rather than signing players from abroad.
With Sunderland in the midst of a relegation battle, Allardyce wants players who have been in the same situation, and have got out of this situation, to give him the best chance of staying in the Premier League.
Sunderland have won just one game so far this term, and the players brought in over the summer were not the most inspiring.
Younes Kaboul and Fabio Borini arrived with little to suggest they would be success in the Premier League, whilst Seb Coates, Adam Matthews and DeAndre Yedlin all signed with potential but no real historical form to judge them on.
Yann M’Vila and Jeremain Lens were solid signings, but they have struggled to adapt to the Premier League with their lack of English experience earlier in their careers.
Allardyce wants to end this kind of transfer business, and instead build a team which follows a distinct system, based around signings from the English leagues, preferably with Premier League experience to their names.