á Sunderland A.F.C. - The One That Got Away...
UK time is: 02:24:11
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

The One That Got Away...

With the transfer window closed until the summer, and newly signed players settling into the new clubs the season can now get back on track.

However their will be a few managers in the football world who will feel hard done by, by not signing the players that they had their eye on.

None more so than our very own Steve Bruce.

The Geordie born boss have been reflecting on his transfers over last month in his weekly press conference and seem to be more than satisfied by recruiting Alan Hutton, Matty Kilgallon and last minute loan deal Benjani.

But there was a slight disappointment when he admitted he would of loved to have signed Adam Johnson.

He told the Sunderland echo, "I'm happy with the business we've done, but, yes, I'd have loved to have brought Adam in as well.

'We had him watched two, three, four times and more and he was a player we really liked the look of.

'He was a local lad as well and I'm sure our fans would have taken him to their hearts but it wasn't to be.

'The lad made a decision that he had every right to and we move on.'

Johnson late went to join big money spenders Manchester city but was also infuriated with the incomplete deals with Maynor Figeuroa, Kevin Kuranyi, Salvador Cabanas and Guy Demel.

But he finally summarised how he feels about the deals he did complete.

He said, "I'm delighted to get Matt and Alan and Benjani.

'I think they will be three very good signings for us.

'They've all come here with a really good attitude, they really want to play and make a contribution.

'And, in my opinion, we've got three very good Premiership players who are going to strengthen us for the run in.

'I said at the start of the window that it wasn't easy to do business in this month. I said at the start of the window that we'd probably only make two or three signings.

'And that's exactly how its turned out.

'But, overall, I've got to be happy that I have managed to bring in some good players to address some of the problems that were concerning us.

'Alan and Matt are going to really help us in defence, while we needed someone like Benjani with all his attributes and Premier League experience up front.'

Hutton and Benjani look to go straight into the squad when his side take on Wigan Athletic on Saturday at the Stadium of Light.

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Michael Briggs Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 4 2010

Time: 9:15PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Wish we had signed Johnson as we are desperate for the wide men to supply Jones and Bent...
Report Abuse
04/02/2010 21:18:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Big Sam Takes Charge At Sunderland (Friday October 9 2015)

The Sunderland Injury Table Updated (Friday October 9 2015)

Roy Keane Gives His Opinion (Tuesday October 6 2015)

Advocaat Speaks To Dutch Media. (Monday October 5 2015)

Redknapp Not The Man For Sunderland (Monday October 5 2015)

Stats: Black Cats v West Ham (Saturday October 3 2015)

Black Cats v WHU: Team News (Saturday October 3 2015)

Archived Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

List All Vital Sunderland Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Stoke 8 2 3 3 -2 9
15. AFC Bournemouth 8 2 2 4 -2 8
16. Chelsea 8 2 2 4 -5 8
17. WBA 8 2 2 4 -5 8
18. Aston Villa 8 1 1 6 -5 4
19. Sunderland 8 0 3 5 -10 3
20. Newcastle 8 0 3 5 -11 3

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Match Analysis - Swansea City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
╗ Swansea : 09/10/2015 22:06:01
Big Sam Takes Charge At Sunderland
╗ Sunderland : 09/10/2015 21:02:01
Liverpool: Owners Felt A 'Connection' With Klopp
╗ Liverpool : 09/10/2015 18:00:00
Bennett Joins Bristol City
╗ Norwich : 09/10/2015 17:31:01
Blow for JosÚ, joy for Chelsea faithful
╗ Chelsea : 09/10/2015 17:00:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who would you like as the next boss?
Suggested By:  
Big Sam 20%
Nigel Pearson 20%
Harry Redknapp 20%
Paul Lambert 0%
David Moyes 0%
Sean Dyche 0%
Brendan Rodgers 0%
Another 40%