Belfast Telegraph

Dick Advocaat understands why Sunderland owner is hesitant in transfer market

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says he understands owner Ellis Short's reluctance to enter the transfer market after receiving scant return on his investment over recent seasons.

Advocaat's frustration eased on Friday as he completed the loan signing of Swedish international midfielder Ola Toivonen from Ligue 1 side Rennes.

And despite Advocaat's desire to further strengthen his squad ahead of the Tuesday deadline, the Dutchman fears he may pay the price for a series of recent failures.

Advocaat said: "I totally understand because he has spent as much as he did over the last years and has seen nothing back every year, playing for relegation.

"For him (Short) it is not a problem to spend money if the player will show a lot to the fans but a lot of players - not one or two or three, much more - he's still paying for and they're not here.

"That is not good for the club and I can understand a bit of the suspicion."

Advocaat will continue searching for reinforcements but he confirmed a projected loan move for Napoli's Jonathan de Guzman is definitely off.

Toivonen is expected to come straight into the Sunderland squad for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Aston Villa while Jeremain Lens and Billy Jones are also available after sitting out the midweek Capital One Cup win over Exeter.

Advocaat cut a happier figure in the wake of his side's 6-3 win over the League Two Grecians and even insisted he would give his beleaguered defenders the benefit of the doubt after heavily criticising their performance on Tuesday.

Advocaat added: "In the last nine games last season the defence was brilliant so they cannot lose that in one or two weeks - they have to get a certain amount of resolve and I'm not that negative.

"Everything looks a little bit brighter. I'm very happy with the signing of Toivonen and we're still working to bring in one or two other players, and we will know that next week."

Toivonen, who has 43 senior caps and nine international goals to his name, previously worked with Advocaat for a season at PSV Eindhoven.

The Swede told the club's official website : ''I worked with Dick Advocaat for one year at PSV and we came along very well, so I'm excited to work together again.

''I already knew Sebastian (Larsson) from the national team and we've played together for five or six years, and I also know Jeremain Lens from our two years together at PSV.''


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