A big claim has emerged on Sunderland and their plans for the remainder of the summer transfer window…
Black Cats boss Alex Neil has confirmed that the club are still working behind the scenes to improve the squad ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
The Scottish coach has revealed that he wants to strengthen his team to deal with a tough season in the second tier and said that things have been happening out of the spotlight.
He told the Shields Gazette: “We still have signings to make in a variety of positions so we know we have work to do.
“We’ve worked well and quietly in the background to get players in which has been good but we understand that we have got more to do because it is going to be a long, hard, difficult season in the Championship.
“It’s a tough level to operate at, particularly when we haven’t been there for a significant amount of time. I think it will open some eyes when we get there.”
These comments from Neil will surely excite supporters as they suggest that the club are set for a busy end to the window.
The season starts in just under two weeks and the Black Cats have until the end of August to get deals done to bolster their squad. This means that Kristjaan Speakman has around six weeks to bring multiple new signings to the Stadium of Light.
Fans can, therefore, look forward to an exciting few weeks as Sunderland make moves, and hopefully sign, players who can improve the team and help them to avoid relegation straight back down to League One.
Daniel Ballard has come in from Arsenal and if that sets the bar for the standard of player the club are eyeing then fans will be buzzing. The central defender is a promising young player who proved himself in the Championship last season.
He averaged a superb SofaScore rating of 6.95 on loan at Milwall, winning 64% of his duels and making 3.5 tackles and interceptions per match. The prodigy consistently delivered quality displays and has the potential to grow and improve over time, at the age of 22.
Hopefully, Sunderland can add a few more players who are also proven in the second tier and have the quality to make a big impact next season. For now, supporters will be hoping that is the case and will be excited by the prospect of more incoming business in the weeks to come.