Sunderland have been pretty active so far in the transfer window. They seem determined to reinvest the money they have raised from the sale of Jordan Henderson and also from the sale of Darren Bent last season.
So far they have bought young South Korean International Ji Dong-Won. The 20 year old striker has already played 11 times for his country and has scored 6 times. The foward is 6’2” played for Chunnam Dragons and scored 16 goals in 44 appearances for them. He has also been to England before, as he used to part of the Reading squad during the 2007-08 season, however failed to make a single appearance. Dong-Won helped South Korea to third place at this years Asia Cup.
Also joining the Black Cats is former Birmingham midfielder Craig Gardner. The former England U21 international has had a good season for Birmingham despite the fact they were relegated. He managed to score 10 goals during the season, and is able to play in a number of positions in midfield or defence. He would be a suitable replacement for the departed Jordan Henderson.
Another former Birmingham player to join Steve Bruce’s men is Swedish international Sebastin Larsson. The 26 year old has been the target of a number of clubs, with Arsenal said to be interested in bring back the player that they once owned. Larsson can play on the wing and will offer some creativity to Sunderland’s play. Sunderland are sometimes accused of playing boring football so Bruce will be hoping to address that situation with the signing of Larsson.
Irish goalkeeper Keiren Westwood joins from Coventry City to help provide cover for current keepers Craig Gordon and Simon Mignolet. However the Irish international has stated he intends to fight for a first team place. But it is signing of young Connor Wickham that should have Sunderland fans excited. Sunderland manager to beat Liverpool to the signature of the England U21 striker. All the more impressive considering Connor is a boyhood Liverpool fan. The former Ipswich striker managed to win the Football League’s Young Player of the Year Award with his performances or the Tractor Boys. There is even a chance that Wickham could make his debut at Anfield as Sunderland travel to Liverpool on the opening day of the season. He is one of the brightest English prospects from whom great things are expected.
But it doesn’t seem that the spending is over for Steve Bruce. The club is being linked for a move with Birmingham’s in demand defender Scott Dann. Sunderland will be hoping to build on the success of last season which saw them finish 10th. A push for a European spot would not be unrealistic or unattainable. Someone to replace the goals supplied by Darren Bent is the number one task facing Steve Bruce and it seems he thinks he has the players to do that. I’m interested to see how Sunderland fare this coming season. I have a feeling that they will be able to spring a few surprises on clubs, as Chelsea found when they were beaten 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.