The New Look Sunderland
Since Paolo Di Canio took over at Sunderland, the fans have been on a bit of roller-coaster ride. They saw their side pull off an emphatic 3-0 win over their fierce rivals, Newcastle. However, just weeks later, they were then thrashed 6-1 by Aston Villa.
This once again brought the possibility of relegation back for Sunderland and left the fans feeling a bit uneasy.
They did manage to avoid the drop finishing just one place above the relegation zone. After the disappointing season, Di Canio has recruited well and is looking to survive comfortably.
Sunderland have been one of the busier teams in the transfer window this year and they have made some excellent signings so far.
The two that particularly stand out are Emanuele Giaccherini and Jozy Altidore. Since Altidore’s loan spell at Hull City where he only netted once in 28 appearances, he has gone on to establish himself as a great goalscorer.
He made sixty-seven appearances for Dutch outfit AZ Alkmar and found the net thirty-eight times. This is a great record for a striker that only cost what is believed to be in the region of £6 million.
Emanuele Giaccherini recently joined from Juventus for an undisclosed fee. He has appeared for Juventus 40 times in the last two seasons and has also received 14 caps for his country. Giaccherini was mostly played as an attacking central midfielder for Juventus but for Italy we have seen him deployed on either wing. Being only 5″6, his strength is obviously not one of his strong points. He instead relies on his pace and quick feet to beat a defender and then create chances for his team mates.
Also, after the sale of Simon Mignolet, they were forced to buy a new goalkeeper. Paolo Di Canio decided to buy Arsenal goalkeepeer, Vito Mannone. After joining Arsenal at the age of 18 he failed to establish a place in the first team and saw himself loaned out three times. At the beginning of last seasln, Mannone was the first choice for Arsenal as Wojciech Szczesny was injured.
Even after his good run of format, the return of Szczesny saw him once again out of the team. It looked as though a move was certainly going to happen for the goalkeeper, and it did.
The Sunderland fans saw their side produce a comeback to beat Tottenham 3-1 and reach the final of the Barclays Premier League Asia Trophy. It certainly looks as though exciting times are ahead for Sunderland.