Dick Advocaat believes Sunderland can end the cycle of annual relegation struggles with the right investment this summer.
Sunderland yesterday brought the curtain down on what has largely been another miserable campaign for the club, with the 16th placed Black Cats finishing just three points clear of the relegation zone.
We have too many options for one position, three or four players. You need a better balanced squad.Dick Advocaat
It is the third year on the spin that Sunderland’s fate has gone down to the wire, before they have just managed to avoid the drop. But whether he is in charge next season or not, Advocaat is confident Sunderland can finish in a higher position IF they recruit well in the transfer market.
“If there’s four or five players to bring more competition in the squad, then they can do much better,” said Advocaat.
“They can do better at the beginning of the season than they did this year, or the year before, or the year before.”
Sunderland will need to boost their defensive options in the summer, with Wes Brown’s contract expiring and Sebastian Coates only at the club on loan.
But they are also short on options elsewhere, and Advocaat believes there is also a lopsided element to the squad he inherited from Gus Poyet.
“We have too many options for one position, three or four players,” he added. “You need a better balanced squad.
“Definitely, the squad needs a makeover.
“You need to get three, four or five good players in to get better competition in your squad.”