Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce wants best from his players

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce believes it is easier to try and get the “maximum” out of his current squad than strike lucky with a January signing.

The Black Cats will look to add to their squad when the January transfer window opens, with work ongoing on potential targets.

I read that I was selling him – that’s the trouble with the window, I’m selling everyone!

But experienced Allardyce knows he cannot just wait until the New Year to improve the squad, and has to get the most from his current players in the meantime.

And Allardyce says the only player up for sale at the moment is Liam Bridcutt - wanted on loan by Championship sides Leeds United, Reading and Cardiff City.

In the build-up to the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, striker Jermain Defoe had again been linked with a move away from Sunderland.

But he started and scored last night.

Allardyce said: “I read that I was selling him – that’s the trouble with the window, I’m selling everyone!

“Then I’m asking them to play, and the players wonder if I’m trying to sell them. The only player I’ve said I’m selling at the moment is Liam Bridcutt, the rest have to join the fight.

“Who knows what we’re going to do down the line in January, I don’t know yet – I haven’t spoken to Ellis [Short] yet.

“I’m trying to get the maximum out of these players, because that’s much easier for me than going out in the transfer window in January,” said Allardyce.

Allardyce also praised the resilience shown by his defenders in the 1-0 win, only the club’s second clean sheet of the campaign.

He added: “I have no problem with winning 1-0 and playing exactly the way Crystal Palace play away from home – counter-attacking football, defend deep, play on the break.

“Palace do it better than us, but we did it sufficiently well to win 1-0. We had to be resilient, determined and dogged. Our two victories have come from two clean sheets, so for us it is about frustrating the opposition. We didn’t go gung-ho and go chasing the game.

“We were more resilient and defended like you have to do away from home.

“It’s nice to see us capitalise on a mistake, rather than the opposition doing it to us.”