NB As readers have spotted, The Observer messed it up and used a Crystal Palace review under Pete’s name, certainly in the online version seen here
A tale of two old codgers and their looks through the transfer window. Pete Sixsmith did it more succinctly, for The Observer and doubtless for nowt; Monsieur Salut was tasked to make it a bit longer for ESPN. Old Pete gave Sunderland seven out of 10, his even older pal downgraded his original seven to six at 11pm on Monday …
Reminds me of childhood Christmases; you never got everything you wished for but the pillow case was still full, with some presents you never expected.
Gus Poyet now has his own squad and the scattergun approach of the previous regime is but a dim and distant memory.
We look reasonably well covered in all positions and players like Jack Rodwell, Will Buckley and Ricardo Alvarez should be a real asset for us. The Borini saga dragged on and on and it seemed clear by mid-August that he wasn’t coming. Shame.
The players who have left had little to offer with the exception of Jack Colback so no disappointments there.
I would give it a 7/10.
M Salut (see it in full at http://www.espnfc.com/club/sunderland/366/blog/post/2001599/transfer-assessment-sunderland):
The protracted quest for Fabio Borini’s return, permanently or on loan again, was a distracting irritant. He never, in truth, looked remotely interested in the move, except as a last resort, and I am not sure that level of commitment justified the chase. But the need for a proven goal scorer is still there. At least Steven Fletcher, Jozy Altidore and Wickham have all stayed, but each, with the exception of Wickham in last season’s finale, has been low scoring and would have benefited from competition. 6/10.