EPL News: Henderson Money Will Improve Squad, Steve Bruce Says
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has admitted that selling Jordan Henderson to Liverpool is a sizable loss, but stated that the money procured from his sale will be put to good use to improve the squad. Henderson moved to Merseyisde for a fee of close to 19 million pounds, and Bruce is confident that the money will be well-spent as the summer progresses.
Speaking to BBC Radio Newcastle, Bruce said-
“We were all saddened by the loss of Jordan but sometimes in football as I have said all along if it happens and it’s the right price and you can better your squad then sometimes you have to sacrifice,”
“We didn’t want him to go but unfortunately the price and what happened in the transfer thing and Jordan himself…
“Then we said okay then we will take it and use the money wisely and make the team and the club stronger and better.”
Sunderland have made a flurry of buys since Henderson’s departure, bringing in an astounding nine new players in David Vaughan, Ahmed Elmohamady, Connor Wickham, Craig Gardner, Ji Dong-won, Keiren Westwood, Sebastian Larsson, Wes Brown and John O’Shea.
Bruce also revealed that the Black Cats had four or five players who were scheduled to go out on loan next season, so it was imperative that they strengthen their first team as soon as possible. He said that the amalgamation youth and experience brought in would stand Sunderland in good stead and move them forward.
“A lot of people outside Sunderland didn’t realise we had four or five players on loan so they were going back and then we lost Bolo Zenden and then of course we lost Jordan but the spotlight is on us because no one has been as active [in the transfer market] as what we have,”
“But we needed to do that. When you go the loan route like we did, they went [and] we knew we had a busy summer ahead but I have to say I am delighted with what we have been able to bring in.
“We have brought in a bit of youth and a bit of experience at the back which will stand us in good stead for the new season.”
It remains to be seen whether Bruce’s scattergun technique of signing players since Henderson left pays off in the end or not. Stay tuned for more in this regard.