Dick Advocaat comments on Sunderland’s summer transfer business

Sunderland have signed four players this summer, but Advocaat is hoping for more.

Speaking to the Northern Echo, Dick Advocaat has commented on Sunderland’s transfer business, and admitted that he is hoping to further strengthen his side before the close of the window.

The Dutch boss said: “We have to be realistic, and I’m very happy with the president and what he’s done so far. We’ve brought in four good players. We know we cannot buy the most expensive players, but we’ve brought some good players.

“I hope that we can still do something – if not, okay.”

Although sounding pleased with the state of his squad, Advocaat certainly wants to bring in more players.

Jeremain Lens has been the only attacking reinforcement made, and the report states that Advocaat wants to bring in a creative midfielder to strengthen his offensive play further.

The defensive zones have been improved upon, with Adam Matthews, Sebastian Coates and Younes Kaboul bringing a combination of youth, experience and talent to the team.

A back four of those three, and Patrick van Aanholt at left-back, certainly fulfils all the needs of a Premier League quality defensive line, whilst also possessing the offensive threat that Advocaat likes from his back-line.

However, the absence of a creative midfielder means there is no real playmaker in the Black Cats’ ranks, and the coach wants to ensure that issue is overcome before the start of the campaign.

The additions made to the team have been wise and logical, fixing problems that existed last season, but until the last issue is fixed, Sunderland will struggle to impose themselves in the Premier League.

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