After coming close to snatching an unlikely point at the Etihad stadium in the opening weekend, there is a lot of expectation surrounding Sunderland.
It has largely come about as a result of David Moyes coming into the club. Moyes has been quite active in the transfer market bringing in players like Paddy McNair and PapyDjilobodji on permanent transfers. Players like Adnan Januzaj have demonstrated a huge talent at the parent clubs. They will receive a lot of first-team opportunities at Sunderland after joining the north-east club on a season-long loan. Almost the entire squad has been revamped, but Moyes says that the club are far from being the finished article.
It is clear from the transfer business done by the club that they are looking to increase the British talent in the squad. However, they have also been looking at highly talented players available on a cheap like Yann M’Vila. The former Sunderland player is currently playing at Rubin Kazan. It is not the first time that Sunderland have been going after British players. The club has had a large contingent of English players like Wes Brown, Phil Bardsley, Danny Simpson, and Jonny Evans. Moyes accepted that these players have not enjoyed big success here, but Moyes is confident of making a major difference.
“I think the reassurance is we are actually starting to get players in. That’s the fact. Centre-half in, boy on loan, two young players, but we need some more. That’s a fact. Don’t think I’m done by any means.I’m on the phone all the time trying to improve things because we’re nowhere near the finished article - even for September for what I would like to get. I’d like to bring a bit of Britishness back to the club if I can,” said Moyes.