Want a bit of beating about the bush? Mincing of words? Then this is not the place for you today. Jeremy Robson, having stuck up for Steve Bruce the other day, wants his reward and Sunderland’s: a signing to cheer us all up. Do Steve Bruce’s comments that Niall is hoping to land a big name (Gyan and Carlton Cole have been mentioned) mean his prayers will be answered? …
Only a few days to go and the transfer window then closes.
Sunderland’s lack of fire power is such that the team hasn’t won a game in which Darren Bent has failed to score since the beginning of last season tells its own tale; and it’s a sorry one.
Bruce’s critics have pointed to the sale of Kenwyne Jones and the failure to bring in a replacement. I would argue that Kenwyne Jones was never the answer to our goal scoring problems and the statement above should be sufficient evidence of that.
With the window approaching fast there seems to be no progress at bringing in a goal scorer of any quality let alone one that can guarantee the 9-12 goals per season that is so desperately needed.
There are rumours about Asamoah Gyan, but nothing concrete. Any hopes of landing Peter Crouch which were faint before have evaporated in the wake of his midweek hat trick in Europe.
The consensus based on last season and at the start of this campaign, is that Campbell hasn’t got what it takes. For Welbeck, see Campbell. Martyn Waghorn has been pushed down the pecking order with the arrival of Welbeck, and yet arguably has the most promise of any of the forward options beyond Darren Bent. Ryan Noble seems to have disappeared from contention for reasons which are unknown.
The next few days are going to be critical in Steve Bruce’s tenure as manager and also in terms of how we will fare this season. The portents currently are not good. A great deal may also be deduced in terms of the real ambitions of Messrs Quinn and Short as incoming transfer fees have outweighed spending.
The squad has had some good additions but it is patently not good enough. If I can see that then surely chairman, owner and manager must also see it. The next few days will make or break the season. It’s as simple as that.