Sunderland Season Preview: New Signings Will Allow for Success


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I would love to go on and talk about how Jozy Altidore will make a significant impact for Sunderland this coming season. I would love to but I can’t. In Altidore’s first season at Sunderland, Altidore scored only once in 30 appearances. When compared to his seasons in the Dutch Eredivisie, it was a complete failure. Altidore dropped off from 39 goals in 67 appearances for AZ Alkmaar to what I mentioned before. Altidore may not be cut out for the English Premier League so it might be time for Sunderland boss, Gus Poyet to possibly cut ties with the American forward and proceed with the new signings that are coming into Sunderland. Of the signings, the most-talked about is that of midfielder, Jack Rodwell. Rodwell rarely played at Manchester City while there from 2012 to 2014 which was mainly due to the amount of quality midfielders that occupied the Etihad. Rodwell only appeared in sixteen matches and contributed with two goals. Rodwell is primarily a defensive midfielder but will make his way into the starting eleven when the season starts. Rodwell will make an immediate impact for the Black Cats unlike at Manchester City. Another signing that will make an impact is that of Jordi Gomez, the Spanish Midfielder from Wigan Athletic. Gomez will make a strong stance in the midfield and allow the midfield to excel during the upcoming season. Now the only worrisome aspect with Sunderland is the forward attack. After a disappointing season last year, Altidore may be benched. This will open the door for other forwards on the team to create a presence. Last season, Fabio Borini was able to play well for Sunderland after being placed on loan from Liverpool FC. Borini scored seven goals in 32 appearances for Sunderland and has been placed on Poyet’s wish list. With Borini, Sunderland can become a contender and allow some games to be won. The first six games for Sunderland can result in four wins which will be a great start for Sunderland. As long as the forward attack is on point and the midfield plays well both offensively and defensively, Sunderland may have a chance to crack the top ten. However, at this point I believe Sunderland will take a step back from last season and end up fifteenth. Sunderland will need the forwards to play well to prove me wrong. Collin Ruby is a writer for StoppageTimeSoccer.com, Follow him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby, Like him on Facebook and Add him to your circles on Google+ Related Links: EPL Preview: Stoke City Continues to Evolve, Top-Half Finish Seems Evident EPL Preview: After Losing Five Skilled Players, Southampton Will Face Relegation

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