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Sunderland: These fans reflect on Stewart Donald’s promise of ‘significant investment’

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At the beginning of January, Sunderland released a club statement that insisted significant investment was going to be made into the club last month. The extent of that promise was always unknown, to the fans at least, but it was a glimmer of hope for supporters as they headed into the transfer window. 

In fact, there were six incoming players to the club during the window. One was Ethan Robson, who returned to the club after a loan spell at Grimsby Town. Josh Scowen made the move from QPR for an undisclosed fee, and Kyle Lafferty completed a free transfer from Sarpsborg 08. The remaining three were all brought in on loan. They were Bailey Wright and Antoine Semenyo from Bristol City, and Declan John from Swansea (transfermarkt.co.uk).

Roker Report posed a question to fans this week, asking if the ownership had lived up to their promises regarding ‘significant’ investment or not. Many fans don’t think Stewart Donald has done enough. They reckon that the players brought in don’t show Donald’s desire to invest in the team.

Do you think Stewart Donald lived up to his promise?





One fan suggests that loan moves are still a form of investment, while another thinks that the fans must move on and support the players they have.

What do we think?

Regardless of whether they actually paid a fee for a player or not, the club brought in a few Championship players who should help bring them out of the division. If they don’t escape the league, however, there may be serious questions asked of Donald and his group.

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