Bruce questions summer of change

Bruce has drafted in eight men to date – Titus Bramble, Cristian
Riveros, Simon Mignolet and Marcos Angeleri, as well as loan
signings Ahmed Elmohamady, John Mensah, Danny Welbeck and Nedum
Onouha – and is still in the market for two more, while around 25
players have headed through the exit door since his arrival on
Wearside. However, after a disappointing start to the new Premier
League campaign, which has seen the Black Cats take just a single
point from clashes with Birmingham and promoted West Brom, the
manager has admitted it will take time for his new boys to bed in.
Bruce said: “We have done a lot – probably too much again – and
when you do make a lot of changes, like Saturday for example,
people like Simon Mignolet and Cristian Riveros and Ahmed
Elmohamady, the one thing they all need is time. “We have sort of
thrown them in at the deep end because of necessity, and that’s
maybe a bit unfair on them. “Every time when you go away and bring
a player in from abroad, you must do one thing, give them time.
Wilson Palacios, for example, was six months, Maynor Figueroa was
12 months before I put him in. “You have got to give them time to
adjust. I noticed on Saturday Cristian Riveros scratching his head
and thinking, ‘Wow, I have never been kicked around like that
before’ – and that’s by West Brom, who, no disrespect, are one of
the less physical teams in the division. “But he will learn from it
and given time, he will adjust.” Bruce is yet to replace striker
Kenwyne Jones following his £8million switch to Stoke, and
while the club is actively pursuing targets, he insists nothing is
close to completion. He said: “I would love to bring in a couple of
players, as I have said before. Whether that’s possible, I’m still
not quite sure. “We have got a couple of irons in the fire. We hope
we can pull them off – it would be nice to if we possibly can, but
at this moment, we haven’t got anything imminent.” Sunderland will
hope to register their first win of the campaign when they
entertain League One Colchester in the Carling Cup second round on
Tuesday evening. Michael Turner and Lee Cattermole are available
after suspension, while Andy Reid and Anton Ferdinand could return
from injury. They would do so with their manager still reflecting
on a disappointing 1-0 defeat at West Brom which highlighted once
again the club’s dismal run of results on the road which has seen
them win just 10 times in their last six top-flight seasons. Bruce
said: “I am looking at our club here, a big club like it is, and we
have won 10 times away from home in the last six years. That’s how
difficult it is. “But we are not alone. I saw Fulham’s stats,
Blackburn’s stats away from home – it is difficult and that’s the
division we are in.” Bruce is hoping a win on Tuesday night will
belatedly kick-start a season during which the Carling Cup will be
a priority. He said: “I have always said since I came here, it is
going to be very difficult for us to win the Premier League, but
the one thing we are capable of is winning a cup because you only
have to win five or six games – as long as they are not away from
home!”