David Moyes is now at the helm at Sunderland and it’s fair to say his first game in charge of the Black Cats didn’t end in disaster by any means.
His side were beaten 2-1 at the Etihad by a Manchester City side that didn’t look fantastic by any means and there really were some signs of encouragement for Moyes’ boys, who should take some confidence into their game against Middlesbrough this weekend.
Their Northern opponents, who were promoted from the Championship last season, will be looking to get their first win of the season too and it looks to be a close-run affair between the two rivals.
But ahead of the game, some Black Cats supporters still believe their side can improve a little bit more with the transfer window still open.
So with that in mind, who should David Moyes be targeting going forward?
Here’s a look at THREE signings that would definitely improve this Sunderland side….
There’s no reason why David Moyes shouldn’t try to sign a player like Loic Remy on loan this summer.
The Chelsea outcast is nowhere near the first-team and is purely a squad player to come into the side should injury ever rule the likes of Costa and Batshuayi out for a long period of time.
The former QPR man is a handy player when needed and has pace to burn going forward. He could definitely do a job at Sunderland and would take some of the goalscoring burden off the shoulders of Jermaine Defoe.
A pretty ambitious name to try and bring in but the Englishman might need to go out on loan to force his way back into the Southampton set-up.
Shane Long and Charlie Austin are definitely more likely to be started ahead of Rodriguez by new manager Claude Puel, so he could do a lot worse than moving to a side like Sunderland for the season.
Whether the Saints would loan to a Premier League rival remains to be seen but if they want to get their player up to scratch at Premier League pace, they should send him to the Stadium of Light.
Seems stuck on the sidelines after Jordan Ibe’s move to the Vitality Stadium and he’s another in this list who might want to make a loan move to break back in at his parent club.
The Ivorian and former Saint Etienne man has plenty of pace, skill and can score a goal or two – and there’s little doubt he could do well for the Black Cats if given the opportunity.
Sometimes all you need is a chance to get firing again.