GUS Poyet will hope the signing of Wigan’s Jordi Gomez adds goals and guile to the Black Cats’ midfield.
The 29-year-old Spaniard yesterday agreed a three-year deal with the Wearsiders after allowing his contract at the DW Stadium to run down.
And Poyet, a long-term admirer of the player, will hope the new acquisition brings an extra dimension to Sunderland’s midfield with his comfort on the ball as well as his ability to score goals.
Gomez has scored 12 goals in 44 appearances for Swansea City and 16 in 123 for Wigan, and so undoubtedly poses a goal threat.
He’s also comfortable taking penalties – something which will be a bonus to Sunderland in the wake of Craig Gardner’s departure.
The importance of a goalscoring central midfielder to the Black Cats cannot be under-estimated, with the likes of first-team regulars Lee Cattermole, Jack Colback, Liam Bridcutt and even Gardner not prolific in the centre of the park for Sunderland.
But just as important will be Gomez’s comfort on the ball and his ability to receive and retain the ball in tight situations as well as his ability to pick a pass.
Gomez started his career in Barcelona’s youth team in 2005 before making the short move across Catalonia to Espanyol in 2007.
He spent two years there but his career really flourished when he moved to Swansea in 2009
He joined Wigan in 2011 and enjoyed a successful spell before becoming Sunderland’s second signing in the space of 48 hours yesterday.
Gomez joins West Brom defender Billy Jones in moving to the Stadium of Light this week and, like Jones, the Spaniard is a Bosman free-signing.
It means that without spending on a transfer fee, Sunderland have attracted an experienced full-back and midfielder which fills the gaps left by departing Bosmans, Phil Bardsley and Craig Gardner.
The straight switches will also lower the Black Cats’ wage bill.
l DAVID Moberg Karlsson is looking for a way out of Wearside after failing to make any impact at all at the club in his debut season.
But the Swedish winger’s agent, Per Jonsson, admits that brokering a deal is unlikely to prove straightforward.
Moberg Karlsson was bought from IFK Gothenburg last June in a £1.5m deal brokered by Sunderland Director of Football, Roberto De Fanti.
And things looked promising when he scored an eye-catching goal against Spurs in a pre-season tournament in Hong Kong but he was never able to build on that early promise.
He made only one first-team appearance for Sunderland last season – the 4-2 Capital One Cup win over MK Dons in August in which he lasted only 65 minutes before being subbed.
And although he was loaned to Kilmarnock in January he made only four appearances for the Scottish Premiership side.
Now the Swede is looking for a fresh start but Per Jonsson, who also represents midfielder Seb Larsson, says there are difficulties both in finding a club and agreeing an appropriate fee.
Sunderland have deemed the winger surplus to requirements but would prefer to send him out on loan, hoping his value might increase from games.