Opinions are like, well, anything we all have. Mine is no more valuable than the next Sunderland supporter’s.
The transfer window perked up a little towards the end with Fabio Borini’s broadly welcomed return and the loan addition of a full back from Spurs, the USA international DeAndre Yedlin.
Most of us would have liked more in and a few out. But it is possible to take that view and still feel that between them, Dick Advocaat, Lee Congerton and Ellis Short managed to strengthen the squad, performing the tricky task of attracting players to a constantly struggling club in the far north.
My own rating out of 10, for ESPN FC, was four when I initially submitted my report at the weekend, just after the Villa match. I upped it to 5/10 on the strength of Borini’s signing alone, but went no higher for Yedlin. Time will tell on both, and the six other new faces, though Jeremain Lens and Yann M’Vila have already shown signs of being highly useful Sunderland players.
Chris Young in the Sunderland Echo was more upbeat, concluding after an often frustrating series of on-off wheeling and dealing that good business had been done.
Salut! Sunderland‘s deputy editor Malcolm Dawson is right to call on SAFC’s faithful to recognise that Dick must now work with what he has and deserves the full support of the fans in doing so.
But do have a go at the poll. If you think Chris was too complimentary, or that I should have been more understanding and appreciative, say so in the Comments as well as casting your votes.