Sunderland’s big win at Fulham can attract better players to club

TRANSFER BOOST? ... Gus Poyet.
TRANSFER BOOST? ... Gus Poyet.

GUS Poyet says Sunderland’s improved form should make progress in the transfer market easier for him.

The Blacks Cats’ biggest Premier League win of the season - a 4-1 thumping of Fulham - lifted Sunderland off the bottom of the table for the first time since the start of September,

It also extended their run to just one defeat now in their last nine games.

And Poyet, who is hoping to clinch the signing of Estudiantes centre-half Santiago Virgini

in the next 48 hours, believes that improvement in the league can only strengthen Sunderland’s hand in the January transfer window.

“We shall see how it goes but I know that when I was a player, I would have had to think about coming to a team a long way off at the bottom.

“But the way we have been playing must be an attraction and also the direction that we hope are going to go in the league in the next few weeks.”

Poyet has brought in one new signing so far - Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso on loan until the end of the season.

And if Virgini signs, he too will be a deal until the end of the season with an option of extending his stay.

Poyet completely understands that players might be reluctant to a club that are among the strong favourites to be playing Championship football next season.

But Poyet says he can feel the burden of Sunderland’s dreadful start to the season beginning to ease and the perception of the club change.

“Sunderland? It’s a massive job, a very difficult job,” he mused.

“ That one point from the first seven games was massive.

“It was heavy on us.

“But we are getting there.

“All of a sudden, it is not quite so heavy anymore and we can look forward to it improving further hopefully in the future.

“Psychologically, it’s great not to be bottom anymore.

“And even me, I’ll be tempted to check the league table every couple of minutes because it feels good to see us no longer at the bottom.”

“The Fulham result was a big win for and we have to keep that going.

“The main thing about the win itself was that the players applied themselves for so long.

“Mentally, that can be one of the hard parts, maintaining that focus, but we did it for a long time in the Fulham game and that intensity produced a very solid team effort and a great result.

“We are looking to strengthen the squad further this month but it is really pleasing to feel that we are continuing to improve as things are.”