What’s the talk?
Alex Neil has confirmed that the Black Cats are far from being done in the market as they plot further additions to their squad.
He told the Sunderland Echo: “We’ve still got four, potentially five that we want to bring in before the window ends.
“We need to make sure the squad is competitive and not only that, they brought four or five really fresh lads on who know the level, and that can really make a difference.
“I think what you could see today is that it was a step up in intensity. I thought towards the end of the game our lads were dead on their feet, it really is difficult. Normally we score a goal in League One, the opposition gets a bit scared and they sink back into their shape. We control the ball and it’s basically a case of when will the next goal come.
“At this level, Coventry came here thinking, ‘we’re better than Sunderland and we have better players, we’re coming to win’.”
Supporters will be delighted
Black Cats fans will be delighted by this claim from Neil because it now promises to be a very exciting end to the window for the club.
How many signings do Sunderland need?
Neil and Kristjaan Speakman have a month or so left to bring players into the club, with the market closing on the 1st of September, and supporters can now look forward to seeing a host of fresh faces coming through the door.
As the head coach said above, Coventry had quality in depth and that paid off in the latter stages of the game as they gained control towards the end of the match. They were able to overwhelm the Black Cats and forced them back into their own box – with their attacking momentum spiking in the final 15 minutes.
Whilst the equalising goal was a moment of individual quality from Viktor Gyokeres, Coventry put enough pressure on the hosts to deserve a point from the game.
This highlighted the step up in quality from League One and that is why supporters will be delighted to read that Neil is keen on four or five more players coming in as that will, hopefully, provide him with the tools he needs to avoid being overwhelmed in matches.