Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has hailed his January signings as the turning point in getting the side out of relegation trouble.
Sunderland looked in all sorts of trouble at Christmas after five straight defeats in the league but they have turned it around and are now safe with one game to spare thanks to the win over Everton on Wednesday.
Allardyce’s mid-season signings of Lamine Kone, Jan Kirchhoff, Wahbi Khazri and Dame N’Doye have made all the difference and the boss is pleased with their efforts.
“It is outstanding from the grim dark days of December when we lost five games on the trot and it rang home that the only chance we had to survive was to get new players in.
“That’s proven to be the case – since the turn of the year our performances and ultimately our results have got us clear of relegation with a game to spare and the last two games in particular have been a great joy and satisfaction.”