Sunderland today completed the signing of Irish international John O'Shea after he passed a medical and put pen to paper and signed a four year contract. They have now signed nine players over the course of this transfer window with all purchases looking likely to be very profitable.
Steve Bruce struggled last season as we neared the end of the season. This was largely due to the fact that a lot of his key players were injured and they simply didn't have any back up. The wild spending has probably occurred also because a lot of their players were loaned out to them from other clubs.
Steve Bruce has also claimed his second signing off United as he also bought Wes Brown. Both O'Shea and Brown were not first in the pecking order at Old Trafford and will be pretty confident that Steve Bruce will allow them to start week in, week out, should they prove they're worthy.
John O'Shea has often been credited, or maybe insulted, of being a utility player and has been played in many positions, even between the two sticks. He was once called "the Irish Swiss Army knife". There was a time where he would regularly start at right-back but since Rafael broke into the first team, he has been struggling to even come on as a substitute.
Wes Brown is the same, once a regular at right-back but injuries were to be his downfall. I think it is a great signing for Sunderland as before he became an unfamiliar face in the starting line up at Old Trafford, he showed he could play and was being placed in the England team on many occasions.
Other notable signings are Connor Wickham, formerly of Ipswich, who was hot property going into this transfer window. Seb Larsson and Craig Gardner are Premiership players for me, and once Birmingham dropped down to the Championship, it was inevitable that they would be offloaded to a Premiership club. Yet again, these are two fantastic buys for Sunderland.
What do you make of the new arrivals to Sunderland? How well will they do next season?
I would love to hear any comments you may have.
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