Stadium of Light

Next Game

Sunderland v Stoke

Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

Turf Moor

Last Game

Burnley 0 - 0 Sunderland

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Di Canio: Midfield a priority

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio claims the addition of another midfielder would be the priority if he dips back into the transfer market.

Last Updated: 19/08/13 at 14:50 Post Comment

Paolo Di Canio: Would add in midfield and on the wings before looking for a left

Paolo Di Canio: Would add in midfield and on the wings before looking for a left

Di Canio has already received considerable backing from owner Ellis Short this summer, with 10 fresh faces drafted into the Stadium of Light.

There may, however, be further arrivals before the window slams shut.

Sunderland have been heavily linked with Juventus full-back Paolo De Ceglie in recent days, but Di Canio says his focus is locked further up the field.

He told the Sunderland Echo: "If we can bring in only one player, without selling (Stephane) Sessegnon, it would have to be absolutely a central midfielder.

"If we can bring two - it would be a central midfielder and a winger, and then if three players, a central midfielder, a winger and a left-back."

While he would like to open the chequebook again before 2nd September, Di Canio appreciates that financial limitations may keep his hands tied.

He added: "What would be perfect for me would be a left-back, two central midfielders, a winger and another spare man - that would be five players.

"That would be perfect but there has already been a revolution - we have spent money and we need to be sensible in this moment.

"This is the reality of the situation and it is not a criticism. We have to be honest and intelligent and we need to have balance.

"I cannot criticise the club because they already spent money. But obviously if they can make more sacrifices it would be better for the club because we would be a better side, suffer less, finish better in the league and help the company.

"I know Ellis has no problem in terms of money but the club in general can be better.

"In my opinion, these are worthwhile investments in the long run, but we will see. We have a strategy to work with what we can do."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Juan Mata apologises for Manchester United's shock defeat to Leicester

Juan Mata has apologised to Manchester United fans after the team's embarrassing capitulation at Leicester on Sunday.

Premier League: West Ham's Diafra Sakho relishing Enner Valencia link-up

Diafra Sakho reckons West Ham can spring a few more surprises in the Premier League this season.

Transfer news: Daniel Agger left Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers rift

Daniel Agger insists he left Liverpool because of a rift with Brendan Rodgers and did not feel 'appreciated'.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property