Liverpool centre back Sebastian Coates could be on his way to the Stadium of Light for the remainder of the season with the Black Cats reportedly lining up a loan move to improve defensively before the transfer window shuts, according to the Daily Star.
Sunderland’s rearguard has been an area pinpointed for improvement by Gus Poyet due to the narrow escape his side had towards the end of last season’s Premier League campaign.
61 goals were conceded; the second worst defensive record out of all the teams that survived the drop, the other side being Aston Villa who finished one place behind Sunderland.
This will need to massive improve for the sake of heart rates in the North East. Although an equally worrying statistic is that Sunderland only scored 41 goals throughout last season it is more than just a cliché to say a side needs to be solid defensively and work from there.
Sebastian Coates may be a good start for the Black Cats although he hasn’t played much football of late. His long term injury problems at Liverpool means that his experience of the Premier League isn’t quite up to scratch but being added to Uruguay’s World Cup squad this summer could be a sign that the 23-year-old is back and ready to play at the highest level once more.
Poyet has brought in Billy Jones and Patrick Van Aanholt to improve his side defensively already but a player that still has the potential to be a big Premier League player at the age of 23 could give Poyet yet more solidity at the back to improve on last season’s narrow escape.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.