Robson eager not to follow Newcastle’s example.
Ex-Sunderland chief scout Bryan ‘pop’ Robson has expressed his fears over the club’s transfer policy of targeting foreign players, Sky Sports reports.
The 67-year-old, who has enjoyed three separate spells as a player with the Black Cats, was let go by Paolo Di Canio last month and replaced by Valentino Angeloni who has already overseen the arrivals of Valentin Roberge, Cabral and Modibo Diakite this week.
Di Canio has sought to reshape the club drastically, and that includes the installation of new director of football Roberto De Fanti, but Robson can’t help but feel that their new transfer policy won’t yield any different results that saw them hover dangerously close to the drop last term.
“I fear it might happen that Sunderland will concentrate solely on the overseas market,” he said.
“They might go for cheaper options, younger players, European players, Croatians, Italians – but they still have to be good enough to play in the Premier League, which is pretty demanding.
“But you read where probably Norwich is the only team in the Premier League that is fielding enough of a percentage of English players, and I feel that’s a sad situation
“It’s a worry to me in the English game. I don’t know where the development is going to come from. The Premier League has spent a lot of money on academies but we need to keep working on it.”