Sunderland Looking To Strengthen 'Everywhere' In January

Chris Brunskill

Just what are Sunderland looking to add to their squad this month?

Gus Poyet has insisted Sunderland have plenty of work to do in the transfer market over the next couple weeks.

Following the spirited 2-2 draw with Southampton - the second time this season his side has come from two down to claim a point - the Uruguayan fielded questions for his plans in the absense of Roberto Di Fant, who was sacked as Director of Football yesterday.

De Fanti will be replaced in time, with the club continuing to persist with the recruitment model that was put in place last summer. However, when asked where he is hoping to strengthen this month, Poyet responded with "everywhere".

We have a problem in goal because of the injury to Keiren Westwood. [We need] some power, understanding in the middle and the one who makes the difference.

Without question, 'understanding in the middle' must refer to Liam Bridcutt. The Brighton man knows Poyet's system inside out and would seamlessly slot in as the lynchpin of it, just as he was at the Amex Stadium. 'Power', meanwhile, presumably refers to Santiago Vergini, who's imposing size and presence Poyet has already hailed.

And no prizes for guessing that the 'one who makes a difference' will be a striker.

I am not sure you will find many who will disagree with Poyet's assessment of what is needed.

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