Sunderland sign Keiren Westwood

We've been banging on Liverpool for weeks now for signing players (good players, even) who don't fill a need. Now Sunderland seems to be making the same "mistake".

Sunderland sign goalkeeper Keiren Westwood - Chris Young column - Sunderland Echo
The 26-year-old Republic of Ireland keeper is the Black Cats’ first signing of the summer, having travelled up to Wearside at the start of the week to undergo a routine medical before putting pen to paper on a three-year contract yesterday...

But he will be a Sunderland player next season and likely to start the opening game against Liverpool at Anfield with number one keeper Black Cats keeper Craig Gordon still sidelined by injury and impressive prospect Simon Mignolet deemed to need more experience before pushing his own claims as a number one keeper.
I guess this is less an issue of adding redundancy and more of an admission that the Gordon transfer was a terrible piece of business.  Since he signed with Sunderland for £7 million (rising to 10) Brad Friedel, for example, has made two transfers - £2.5 million to Aston Villa and then free to Spurs.

Meanwhile Gordon has been injured more than he hasn't, Martin Fulop was shipped off to Ipswich, and now Mignolet looks set for what... a loan deal? I don't know how else he'll get the needed experience, but that would again leave Sunderland short of cover.

Anyway, news is news.  Westwood may be an interesting value play in some fantasy games, but in Yahoo! you're sitting on David De Gea all season, right?


  1. De Gea all season long

  2. i plan on picking de gea, but be forwarned that united are slow starters.

  3. De Gea for sure.
    Also read that Seb Larsson signed with Black Cats also.

  4. Anonymous4:07 AM

    Actually, a dark horse would be Dorus, signed for Wolves, so should be quite Cheap and a season keeper.

  5. The difference between LIV making redundant acquisitions and Sunderland doing the same in this case is that SUN's came on a free while LIV paid through the nose for a ton of potential that may or may not be reached at a position where they don't really have a need.

    I'm not saying this one makes a ton of sense but presumably it also hasn't hindered their quest for a forward too much either.