The Sunderland Transformation

Steve Bruce is leading a revolution on Wearside.

This is going to sound completely ridiculous to some people, but I am ready to make this comment: Sunderland Association Football Club will be competitive in the Premiership this season.

It sounded weird to me, too. But it is going to happen.

The club has bounced around quite a lot since it was promoted after the 2006-07 season. They only survived by two points during 08-09. And now they are about to assert their dominance as the up-and-coming Northeast side. (Sorry, Newcastle)

Their signings so far this season have been quite ambitious, and despite losing Jordan Henderson to Liverpool.

Ins: David Vaughan, John O’Shea, Wes Brown, Sebastian Larsson, Keiren Westwood, Ji Dong Wan, Craig Gardner, Connor Wickham and Ahmed Elmohamady.

Outs: Henderson and David “I only score for Northern Ireland” Healy.

The Stadium of Light is going to see some very good football this season.

That isn’t a bad haul. Seriously. Steve Bruce might be the genius of the Premiership, and not many know it. Henderson is a loss, certainly. But when a manager brings in this much talent, take note. Brucie is not pulling any punches, and this club could be dangerous. The fact that they are able to pull players from the grasp of bigger clubs also bodes well for them, if they continue to improve, of course.

The club certainly isn’t finishing top four, and probably unlikely to get a Europe spot, but they surely can at least challenge for a Europa League spot now. With a 10th place finish last year, the club is just primed to get better. The mix of young potential with established Premiership players just screams success. It is really something to see this club, which has been a consistent bouncer between the Premiership and Championship for years, to solidify and make a push now.

And in addition, Bruce reportedly wants more players in on loan. Bruce deserves credit. He is a shrewd manager and is really doing quite a lot to prep the Mackems for great things. Of course, a step back this season could be disastrous, but with the uncertainty of the bottom-half of the table, coupled with decently large clubs such as Aston Villa getting gutted, the club’s march up the table should be expected by every Premiership fan.

Sunderland could add a couple more players, and they could be challenging Everton and Fulham. It remains to be seen if they can pull it off, but Sunderland are definitely one of the two most improved club on paper (Liverpool being the other.)

Time is running short on the offseason, but it looks like the Mackems will be as ready as anyone.


6 responses to this post.

  1. I personally think they’ll be able to break top 4. Owe someone a year of reddit gold if they don’t do it 🙂


  2. Posted by Paul on 07/26/2011 at 09:12

    Sunderland ASSOCIATION Football Club


  3. Posted by Relativestranger on 07/26/2011 at 09:16


    Its Association you fool


  4. Posted by Tartan on 07/26/2011 at 16:22

    “Honestly always heard ‘Athletic’ used” – unless you only ever speak to idiots, then I would suggest that you are lying.


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