Kristjaan Speakman has revealed Sunderland’s transfer plans for the January transfer window.
In recent comments made on the SAFC Unfiltered podcast (cited by Chronicle Live), the Sunderland sporting director claimed that he and his transfer team at the Stadium of Light have already started planning for the winter window, despite the fact that Lee Johnson is happy with his current crop of players.
Speakman said: “We’ve already started the process of looking ahead to the January window, we’ve begun that this week.
“At the moment everyone is comfortable [with the squad], but it doesn’t mean we will still be comfortable in December – there will be injuries, suspensions, and the natural things that happen within our industry, and we will do everything we can to get ready for next time, but we will do it in a calm and patient manner.”
Considering the fact that, although the season is still extremely young, Sunderland’s summer transfer business appears to have served the club extremely well, with the Black Cats currently topping the League One table, Speakman’s claim that he has already started planning for January will nevertheless have delighted Johnson.
Indeed, as the sporting director suggests, over the course of a season, players pick up injuries, suspensions and drop out of form, meaning that, if Sunderland wish to maintain their position at the top of the league, they will more than likely need to open the chequebook once again this winter.
And, with it appearing that Speakman is more than aware of this fact – something that is certainly not the case at some Premier League sides, let alone in the third tier of English football – Johnson is safe in the knowledge that the Mackems’ boardroom will back him to finally end the club’s spell in League One.
Having said this, should the 40-year-old find his side struggling for decent results at any point during their campaign, Speakman’s summer backing could well increase the pressure on the manager’s position at the club – although, considering their impressive start to the season, Sunderland appear to be heading in the right direction under the former Bristol City boss at present.