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Sunderland fans point finger of blame at Tony Coton for recruitment failures

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.

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.

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