In less than 24 hours Sunderland have announced the signings of ex-Manchester United defenders Wes Brown and John O’Shea, instantly bolstering a defense that Steve Bruce was not happy with as last season came to an end.
Terms of both deals were undisclosed as the message is clearly being sent by the Black Cats that they aren’t interested in fighting against relegation every year. The clear aim is a spot in Europe, and while that may sound premature, remember, Sunderland had wins against Manchester City and Chelsea a season ago.
Steve Bruce’s side have now made five additions to the club since the transfer window opened on June 1st. Midfielder Seb Larsson and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood moved to the Stadium of Light earlier in the summer on free transfers and star South Korean striker Ji Dong-Won joins the Black Cats from the Korean Super League.
That’s the beauty of the moves Sunderland has made. They’ve far from broken the bank while still making additions to the club that fit the mold of a Steve Bruce team. It all starts by keeping the ball out of your own goal, and who better to know that then the skipper, who was a ferocious center-back in his own day.
It remains to be seen if Sunderland sell-off some parts to finance the Brown and O’Shea swoop. They still have Titus Bramble, Kieran Richardson, Anton Ferdinand and Michael Turner in their defensive corps, along with their new additions.
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