Sunderland fans may be pleased that Leeds have recalled Laurens De Bock midway through his loan spell which was due to expire at the end of the season, but they are unhappy with another individual at the club.
The Leeds loanee was clearly not a successful late addition in the summer transfer window. That is evidenced by his four league starts for the Black Cats, as well as fan opinion of the defender.
Supporters have taken time to criticise the player and the signing itself upon news of his return, with head of recruitment Tony Coton rightly being judged to have performed below the standard that is expected of him.
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For fans the failed signing is an all too familiar feeling, having witnessed several quality players leave without being adequately replaced – Will Grigg coming in for the departed Josh Maja stands out the most in that department, with the Northern Irishman scoring just eight goals in almost a year at the Stadium of Light.
Recruitment has been an absolute disgrace for years.
— Gareth Hern (@garethhern) January 1, 2020
Woeful piece of business in the first place, one of the many horrendous transfer reasons we’re in this pickle 😡
— SteveB (@Fantanafest73) January 1, 2020
Thing is, it should never have been a panic signing. Any one with half a brain cell knew Oviedo was away so even before James left we needed a LB as Hume was at the time unproven
— Darren Hill (@dazzasafc85) January 1, 2020
It’s almost as if whoever is responsible for doing that stuff isn’t very good at it.
— Bilbo Ball Baggins (@1879_SAFC) January 1, 2020
Grigg is not the only failure of the transfer market in recent times, far from it in fact. Roker Report have outlined all the players who haven’t been replaced sufficiently, including the likes of George Honeyman and Bryan Oviedo.
It is a little surprising that Stewart Donald hasn’t come under fire for his lack of spending, as there are often worries that he does not have the wealth to carry the club forward.
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Instead, Coton is the man receiving the brunt of the blame, with some fans questioning his role at Sunderland and whether he deserves to hold such a position considering his continued missteps.
Another great signing from transfer guru Coton
— Sunderland Fan (@FulwellEnderFTM) January 1, 2020
Do we know if Coton and team are leaving the club?
— oh well (@ohwellthatsit) January 1, 2020
It’s amateur. It’s old hat. Yesterday’s men running a football club in 2020. Flat cap and sheepskin coat approach to management. We as fans ought to expect better than Tony Coton. https://t.co/qPz8JbrceD
— Gav. (@Gav1879) January 1, 2020
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