Lee Cattermole says Sunderland have quality but need more numbers

Everton's Aaron Lennon in action with Sunderland's Lee Cattermole

Cattermole doesn't see a need to panic.

Sunderland's Lee CattermoleSunderland's Lee Cattermole

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has told the Sunderland Echo that he isn't concerned about the lack of transfer activity so far. 

It has been delayed somewhat as they have only just appointed David Moyes as their new manager following the loss of Sam Allardyce to the England job.

Sunderland manager David Moyes before the matchSunderland manager David Moyes before the match

Cattermole feels the squad already has plenty of quality about it but could do with some more players to make things that little more competitive at the Stadium of Light.

He told the Sunderland Echo: “What we have got is small numbers, but we have a lot of quality within those small numbers.

“If we can add three, four or five new players that are competing for places then that would be great.

“There is no panic for the start. After two or three months, we will need players ready and if we can add some quality with the numbers then that would be great."

Sunderland were busy in the January transfer window and brought in players that made them solid throughout the spine of the team - and other players have agreed new contracts at the club during the summer, it seems to be a case of trying to build on that and not let any of the others players depart the club.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe before the matchSunderland's Jermain Defoe before the match

In the final third they have a forward capable of scoring goals on a regular basis in Jermain Defoe but could do with someone to relieve the burden on his shoulders a little, especially as he's missing the rest of pre-season through injury, while competition for places in all areas of the field will be welcome.

Sunderland will be hoping that this season doesn't have the repeat of previous campaigns where they started slowly and gave themselves a scare when it comes to trying to retain their Premier League status. 

Sunderland manager David Moyes before the matchSunderland manager David Moyes before the match

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