Sunderland leading chase for experienced Premier League midfielder

By KickOff IN Archive,General - 19:30 Jul 9th 2015

Dick Advocaat is continuing the rebuilding process at Sunderland and according to the Fulham Chronicle, has QPR's Junior Hoilett in his sights.

JUNIOR HOILETT

The Canadian born winger endured a difficult season with QPR, mainly being used as an impact substitute and only managing nine starts in his 22 appearances.

Junior Hoilett
POS: MIDAGE: 25Y 1M
HEIGHT: 5FT 8INWEIGHT: 11ST 0LB
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
09/10
Blackburn
27
2
1
10/11
Blackburn
28
1
6
11/12
Blackburn
37
7
7
12/13
QPR
28
2
3
13/14
QPR
36
6
4
14/15
QPR
24
TOTAL
180
18
21

This fractured season seemed to have an effect on his performance levels as he didn't manage to find a goal or an assist all year, in any competition.

Looking back at his other campaigns, this seems to be a complete anomaly as on average he manages to find a goal or assist every 4.6 games.

Apart from QPR's disastrous season, the fall seems to be explained due to the lack of consistent playing time, never managing more than a run of five games. In the 22 Premier League appearances last season he averaged just 39 minutes of playing time and in five of them, he got 10 minutes or less.

THOUGHTS

Sunderland need to reinforce their squad and provide Advocaat with more options especially in wide midfield areas. However unless Hoilett's being brought in as a starting option, I'm not entirely convinced he'll be the solution.

A lot of it will depend on how Advocaat plans on setting his team up and whether he goes for the 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1 formations he used most last season. Sunderland severely lacked pace at times, with the likes of Connor Wickham and Jermaine Defoe having to move out wide to give the team some options.

With a fee rumored to be around £2.5m he's not an expensive signing and at 25 years of age, he still has time to develop further. However as a squad option, I dont think Sunderland fans would get to see the best of him, as his most successful seasons have come when getting a consistent run of starts.

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