Alan Nixon has dropped an update on Sunderland’s plans for the rest of the transfer window.
The Sun journalist has revealed on Twitter that the Wearsiders are “desperate” to sign a new goalkeeper before the end of the transfer window. When asked about what the Black Cats want to do in the market before the deadline comes next Tuesday, Nixon simply put that they want to add a shot-stopper to their squad.
This comes after Lee Burge pulled up with an injury during the warm-up against AFC Wimbledon at the weekend, with Anthony Patterson taking his place in the side. Lee Johnson said: “He (Burge) was just practising his kicking, and he just felt something on his hip flexor.
“I think he felt he could have gone on and played, but when I saw him walking down the corridor, he was sort of dot-dashing in his stride. I felt it was wise to leave him off.”
Sunderland fans must be excited by this news for more than one reason. Firstly, it shows that the club mean business and are prepared to go into the market to further strengthen their squad despite their strong start to the season. They have won four of their five competitive fixtures so far, but they are not allowing a bright opening month of the campaign to cloud their judgement in the market.
It could be easy for Kristjaan Speakman and Johnson to decide that they don’t need to add any more players to the squad due to the performances and results on the pitch. However, this update from Nixon suggests that they are determined to improve their weak points and get even better, which will be exciting for supporters who want to see the club continue to progress and finally get back into the Championship.
Also, fans could be delighted to see the Black Cats bring in a new ‘keeper to the Stadium of Light due to Burge’s form. Not only is he currently injured, but there have been question marks over his ability at League One level in 2021.
Johnson dropped Burge for Remi Matthews earlier this year, which suggests that the former Bristol City boss is not 100% pleased with his current number one. Nixon’s claim that Sunderland are “desperate” for another shot-stopper only strengths that assumption, as the Black Cats could be on the lookout for a number one goalkeeper to come in and take the gloves.
Therefore, fans may be glad to hear that Burge could be replaced before the end of the window, as he was underperforming towards the end of last season. Supporters could be left frustrated if he remains the club’s first-choice between the sticks and his errors contribute to the team missing out on promotion, so it makes sense to bring in a player to take over from him or challenge him for his shirt.