West Ham summer window tops Sunderland in January admits Allardyce

Sam Allardyce Press Conference 12/02/2014

The Black Cats signings in January have proved to be mini-miracles though, according to the manager.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that his work in the transfer window with West Ham last summer tops what he managed in January this year, in comments to the Sunderland Echo.

The Black Cats boss was very busy in the January transfer window this season, bringing in no fewer than five players across the month.

They have all proved to be good signings too, with the likes of Jan Kirchhoff, Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri in particular impressing.

Allardyce has been praised for securing the signings, but says he believes the work he did last summer at West Ham just edges it as his best window.

“This one might just edge it because it was January,” he told the Sunderland Echo.

“But West Ham before the start of last season was very good too – Enner Valencia, Alex Song, Carl Jenkinson, Diafra Sakho, Cheikhou Kouyate and Aaron Cresswell. They had us in the top four by Christmas.”

“This one is probably the second best. I never expected to be playing Kone, Kirchhoff and Wahbi every week, and on some occasions Dame N’Doye. It’s almost been a mini-miracle.”

Allardyce will now be hoping that all three players can continue their fine form as his side fight against the drop.

They are currently 17th in the table having escaped the bottom three last weekend, but are far from safety as they sit level with Norwich City and just a point ahead of Newcastle United.

With just four games to go, the race for survival is set to go down to the wire and all three players will be key to avoiding the Black Cats avoid the drop.

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