Like most Sunderland supporters, I want to see new faces at the club. I want the summer to produce arrivals of men genuinely capable of improving the team, and a few more departures would be something I could live with.
But I am pleased that Seb Larsson has signed a new three-year deal. There were times last season and the one before that he has past his best-before date.
As Metro pointed out in a good piece today, those trademark free kicks – or rather, goals from them – have all but vanished from his game.
But he earned a new deal with those storming performances at the end of the season. Our survival prospects rose along with his upturn in form.
Larsson is an international player and generally does well for his national side, Sweden. I welcome his prolonged stay at the SoL. Sometimes a rejuvenated player is as good as a hold new signing.
But now over to the Salut! Sunderland jury …
And while we’re on, have your say on who we should treat as an honorary World Cup second team. Uruguay, in second place currently but some way behind the leaders, the USA, become eligible only if and when England depart, since – like Costa Rica and Italy – they’re in our group. Click “view” to see how the poll stands. And remember it’s just a spot of fun. With the USMNT leading, how could it be otherwise?