Poyet will give Sunderland squad a chance to impress

The Uruguayan manager is eager to give his new charges an opportunity to showcase their ability and has yet to think about strengthening the team with new signings in January
New boss Gus Poyet intends to give every player at Sunderland a chance to prove themselves rather than make immediate changes to the squad.

The Uruguayan has arrived at the Stadium of Light with the Black Cats rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table with just one point from their opening seven matches.

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Former manager Paolo Di Canio brought in a host of new signings during the summer but Poyet has no intention of adding to those numbers until he has given every player the opportunity to shine.

"To be honest, we didn't talk about funds for team strengthening before I came here," he told The Chronicle.

"My idea is to assess the players that are here and make sure I check them properly - which ones are down, which ones want to be here and which ones can help me.

"I will learn things this way. And then, depending on what I see in the next month or two, I will talk to the owner.

"But I don’t think we can start talking too much before then. At the moment, it’s not something I’m even thinking about."

Poyet's first game in charge of the club comes on Saturday when they face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.