Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

Settling For Second Best Again?

Settling For Second Best Again?

Let us hope that the most recent rumours regarding Sunderland targets are no more accurate than they have been all summer- Bramble? James? Campbell?

Are these players who will lift a Sunderland team who certainly scrap harder than they used to, but continue to lack speed of thought and action and are prone to giving the ball away needlessly when pressed.

Steve Bruce diagnosed the shortcomings quite accurately at the end of last season- the team will not progress into that comfortable mid-table zone where it can develop thoughts about European qualification while the centre of defence too often resembles a revolving door and the there is insufficient pace, positional sense and general football intelligence at full-back.

A centre-back who is fast, comfortable on the ball and can recover when 'wrong-sided' without fouling remains the main priority. While he is brave, this is not Bramble.

While he reads the game better, this is not a thirty-five year old Campbell. We already have in Ferdinand someone who tries hard but does not combine the guile and pace required for regular success in the Premier League- neither do these.

Indeed, it is not altogether reassuring to hear Bruce say that Bardsley and Ferdinand have returned with the right attitudes. It is not their attitudes that have been wanting in the past , but their footballing skills. Both regularly get caught out of position and concede free kicks.

How many points were lost last season because we could not retain possession for the last quarter when ahead, and conceded silly free kicks? The priority is for skilful defenders who are comfortable in possession, can move forward sensibly and retain the ball, but know where to be to when the opposition have it.

Two genuine Premier League defenders- even if they cost £20 million, will be a better investment than four or five who are not really up to it. So get on with the clear-out Steve - there is nothing that happened in the summer which has made any of those you identified for moving on better players now than they were when they came up short last season- it is just that the memory of their shortcomings has faded a little. And let us push for two really good signings, players who can sit comfortably in a back four with genuine European ambitions.



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

Writer:Redstripe
Date:Tuesday July 20 2010
Time: 10:38AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Bramble ia an ideal sub for either Mensah or Turner. (When fit and not suspended). So a good buy. He may even force Michael Turner out of the starting 11. A far better option than Sol Campbell. Let him go to the Tachems. He'll be struggling this season.
ZaX
03/08/2010 00:56:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Fletcher Signs Four Year Deal With Owls

Steven Fletcher has found a new club after signing a deal with Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday following his release from Sunderland.

New Poll: How Do You Feel About Hodgson?

We have a new poll on our website in the midst of reports linking Roy Hodgson with a move to Sunderland.

Hodgson Coming to S-o-L is a 6/1 Shot

Should Sam Allardyce take over as England's new manager, the favourite to take over the reigns at Sunderland will be Roy Hodgson.

Two More On Leave List

Sunderland are hoping to offload more players who are not part of Sam Allardyce's plans for the new season.

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

JoJo
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How Happy Would You Be If Hodgson Took Over?
Suggested By:
Very Happy4%
Not Really Bothered0%
Angry67%
Suicidal 29%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)