You want optimism; here are happy noises from the Zoo

Predictions, predictions … everyone’s at it, with the possible exception of the young lady photographed (you’ll need to buy Zoo or go to their site, link below, if you disapprove of the tasteful crop). Us? We cannot predict whether the matches will be on, thanks to the activities of the National Association of Scummy Toe-rags and Yobs (NASTY), but we do have good feelings about the new season once it is allowed to get under way …

When we ran Luke Harvey’s upbeat piece, looking forward to the new season with unabated joy, one or two Salut! Sunderland readers warmly welcomed what one, Davey, called “a refreshing change from all the doom and gloom merchants writing here”.

Well, here is some more of the same medicine.

The inhabitants of the Zoo, namely the good folk who run the magazine, asked Premier League bloggers for their predictions. My response, or the part of it that survived significant trimming, appears at this Zoo link and reads:


Bruce’s transfer activity has impressed and he’s brought in quality. Sessegnon should shine this season. Top eight finish.

– Colin Randall,

In fact, they had asked for “around 100 words”, which is a lot longer than quote stretching to “precisely 18 words”.

Maybe the full version will apear in the magazine itself, but this is how it began life:

Last summer, Sunderland’s owner Ellis Short set his target as top 10. He got it but only just, a winless run briefly making relegation likelier than Europe.

Short will expect a distinct improvement in performances and at least a modest improvement on final position.

Steve Bruce’s transfer activity has impressed, bringing quality (O’Shea and Wes Brown); solid if unexciting midfielders (Larsson, Vaughan and Gardner), goalkeeping cover (Westwood) and bold investments (Wickham, Dong-Won). Sessegnon should shine this season, but we could use a proven striker and left back. I’d be surprised to see another struggle. Sixth top would be wonderful; I’d settle for seventh or eighth.

I think that is realistic. Others may feel I was too cautious; a few will take me to task for being wildly optimistic. But I will stick by it for now, even though I had told Zoo I hoped to be able to update my assessment before publication to take account of the further signings that have not in the event materialised.

Monsieur Salut

3 thoughts on “You want optimism; here are happy noises from the Zoo”

  1. Sessegnon is set to shine this year, he’s going to be absolutely out of this world for us if you ask me. Far and away our most talented player and I think him and Gyan will form a good partnership.

    I think we’ll finish ninth this season, the top six writes itself and we’ll just behind Everton and Fulham I think, but ahead of the rest. I suspect it’ll be quite tight around our area of the table once again. We’re play for seventh really, and then we’ve hit our ceiling – but we shouldn’t forget where we’ve been in the last decade, we’ve come a long way.

  2. bit pessimistic…
    I think its going to be a good season. team looks attractive.
    If Gyan gets injured though, we could be struggling.
    It looks like we’re not getting Bellamy. Wages too high. I’m not too bothered. There’s talk of Kranjcar. Now, he prefers to play left wing despite being right footed so it may solve our lw problem.
    I think we have enough defenders now, and a decent midfield from which I see a few more goals than Henderson & Malbranque supplied. I also see Sess getting more this season. Looks good. If I had the money, I think I’d get in another striker. I think Bruce has done some good business this summer. Looking forward to next week…

  3. he still has no left back and has shipped his best out. limited width and creativity in the centre. templeton would fit the bill out wide with even a punt on arsenal reject randall there. might acheive respectability. o shea and brown always injured

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