‘Bare bones’ Sunderland NEED more signings before transfer window shuts, insists David Moyes

21 Aug

Sunderland manager David Moyes insists he NEEDS to sign more players before the transfer window shuts to bolster his ‘bare bones’ squad.


The Scot tasted defeat in his first game in charge at the Stadium of Light on Sunday as his Black Cats were beaten 2-1 by Middlesbrough in the Wear-Tees derby.

And his lack of options and squad depth was obvious, with the boss forced to field a number of inexperienced youngsters and players who aren’t 100 per cent match fit.

Sunderland were forced to make three changes against Boro after centre-back Younes Kaboul  sealed a move to Watford this week and Fabio Borini picked up an injury, while Lamine Kone was banned from the match-day squad amid links with a move to Everton.

Moyes praised the effort and work-rated of the make-shift side he fielded against Middlesbrough, but was afterward adamant that he needs reinforcements for the season ahead.

“It wasn’t an easy game for us because of the nature of our team,” Moyes told talkSPORT following the full-time whistle.

“Our intensity in the game was terrific, but we couldn’t keep it up in the last ten minutes because we had so many young players who were making their debut and Steven Pienaar, who didn’t play a game in pre-season, had to come in too.

“We’re down to the bare bones really.

“We’ve lost one of our centre-halves and we don’t have many and we’ve lost a few players to injury.

“We need to add to the team and we’d like to do that. We’ll attempt to get people in.”

The half-time whistle was met by a chorus of boos from the home supporters with their side entering the break 2-0 down following two goals from Premier League debutant Cristhian Stuani.

Patrick van Aanholt pulled one back with 20 minutes remaining to give the Black Cats hope, but ultimately it was a simple job for Boro to close out the three points.

And Moyes has pleaded for patience from fans as he aims to transform his patchy team into a more solid unit.

“I’ve got to give the players credit for what they did, and I think Sunderland fans will understand where we’re at,” the Scottish boss added.

“There was a lot of young players out there today who lack Premier League experience, we’ve got new midfielders, new defenders and a new full-back, so those things are going to take a little bit of time.”

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