Poyet identifies underlying Sunderland problem

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Sunderland currently find themselves bottom of the Premier League table.

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Real Betis boss Guy Poyet says Sunderland have a core problem and adds that the destiny of the club’s better players is to depart the Stadium of Light, the Guardian report.

The Black Cats, currently under the guidance of David Moyes, currently find themselves in a familiar position in the Premier League table as they begin the current campaign winless in seven.

Sunderland have flirted with relegation for a number of seasons now, and former boss Poyet is one of a few managers to have saved them from the drop only to be sacked the following campaign.

Sunderland manager David Moyes

Speaking to the Guardian, the current Real Betis manager believes the Wearside club have a core problem and adds the destiny of their better players is to always leave once helping them stay up.

“There’s something inside Sunderland, something at its very core. It’s hard to explain but there’s a way of life, something deep down, that makes it difficult to fulfil its potential,” Poyet explained.

“A player has a good season, and [someone takes him]. It makes no difference if they give you £20m for him – £20m doesn’t replace him and doesn’t solve anything.”

“Now David Moyes is there and he has what’s been left him by previous coaches and you can’t go on like that. You just can’t. It’s impossible. Because when you start from zero every year – every year – you stay at zero.”

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe looks dejected

Sam Allardyce’s decision to leave Sunderland for the vacant England post in the summer left the club in a pickle, and new boss Moyes did not have long to stamp his mark in terms of first-team additions.

The likes of DeAndre Yedlin and Yann M’Vila returned to their parent clubs following the expiration of their loan deals, while speculation was rife over the future of star defender Lamine Kone.

Sunderland had plenty of voids to fill in the summer and it appears they have struggled to fill them, resulting in their poor start to the season and the desperate need for the upcoming January transfer window.

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