M Salut writes: thanks to ‘Dinlow’, an error that crept into this report has been corrected (I misled myself into writing that Fletch had not played for Poyet, a ridiculous error – I was there often enough when he did – for which I apologise) ….
Around this time of each year, a few things happen.
Wimbledon’s gone, summer holidays are about to get into full swing, some fan sites abandon joined-up writing and run such pre-school headlines as Never Trust a Mackem: The Reason Why … and people starting moaning about the lack of signings.
Sometimes it is the professional sportswriters, who ought to know better. Mostly, though, it’s ordinary supporters who cannot see the wood for the trees.
Metro may be a newspaper I wish didn’t exist since I believe newspapers should be bought not dished out as free gifts. But I have praised reasonable reporting there in the past so feel entitled to have a go when something goes wrong.
To be fair, it appears to be a fan’s blog posting at the Metro site so we should not be too harsh.
“Things have gone exceptionally quiet on Wearside of late, worryingly quiet if we’re being honest,” writes David Boyle. “Sure, it would be rather remiss and foolhardy to mistake the radio silence for a lack of effort on the club’s part in the transfer market but the lack of progress since the window opened is proving to be more than a tad concerning.
“Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has previously made no secret of the fact he wishes to have his squad more or less complete in time for the club’s pre-season training sojourn to Portugal, a trip that is now a little over three weeks away.”
Speculation on close-season transfer activity is not a pursuit for supporters who value possession of level heads. As we have explained on countless occasions, the transfer window invariably closes with very few of the rumoured targets ever having been thought of, let alone signed, and the arrival of a few recruits no one had even written about.
I bet it will be roughly the same this summer. Of course, we’d love to wake up to news of Messi, Rodriguez and Robben (OK, then, maybe not him unless we wish to change the our name to Sunderland Association Diving Club) househunting down by the marina or out in Whitburn? But we know they are not coming.
Billy Jones, Costel Pantilimon and Jordi Gomez have all arrived and pre-season assessments and training are under way. We naturally welcome all three and, also quite naturally, pray for the odd marquee acquisition – and few more departures.
But it is July 7 for heaven’s sake. There are pre-season jaunts around the lesser grounds of the North East, and a trip to Portugal, before the season kicks off at WBA on Aug 16.
Steven Fletcher will be a welcome return from injury, anxious to impress the boss after injury curtailed his disappointing season (I meant to double-check my original suggestion that he had not played for Poyet, which of course, he had; see exchange in Comments ] – unless he’s already earmarked for a move. And few will quarrel with the club’s wish to get rid of players with no likely role in Poyet’s plans but eating into the salary budget.
Let us start worrying if no exciting transfer breakthrough occurs before or during that period of friendlies. Let us worry if someone like Tore André Flo is spotted around the SoL on August 14. By all means, david Biyle included, come back on Aug 15 and ask why, still, nothing has happened.
That would be the time for egg on my face.
In the meantime, please, a sense of proportion would be useful. Worse things have been known to happen – such as the biscuit that just plunged into my tea, otherwise sugar-free, while being dunked.
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