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Di Canio: Cats need more firepower

SUNDERLAND manager Paolo Di Canio wants to start revamping his squad by signing a new striker.

Sunderland's season came to a close on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham which left them 17th in the Premier League – just three points above the relegation zone.

Sunderland have relied to a certain extent on Steven Fletcher's goalscoring abilities for much of the season, with the Scot supplying 11 of the 41 league goals scored by the Black Cats.

Connor Wickham and Danny Graham were unable to replicate Fletcher's form during the final eight games of the season when the former Wolves striker was out through injury.

Di Canio revealed yesterday that he will sit down with Ellis Short to discuss plans for next year.

He will make it clear to the Sunderland owner that he needs more firepower if he is to keep the club in the top-flight next term.

"We need to bring in quality, particularly up front, because to win games you need to score and we don't score many goals," the Sunderland manager said.

"We don't have many weapons in our side at the moment to damage the opponent."

Also prevalent in Di Canio's discussion with Short will be how to get rid of the players he feels have let him down off the pitch.

Di Canio on Sunday raged at the ill- discipline that he says is commonplace within the playing staff at the Wearside club.

He will consider the future of Phil Bardsley, who was photographed covered in £50 notes after a night out in a casino in midweek.

He said he was "disgusted" by the incident and claimed that anyone he feels has not shown the club enough respect will be out of the door this summer.

Di Canio also feels the players' discipline on the pitch needs to improve after David Vaughan became the third player to see red during the Italian's 10-week spell in charge.

"In the last few games we did very bad in terms of discipline and we have to change this," said Di Canio.

Manchester United completed a second-half comeback to win the inaugural Premier League Under-21 title with a 3-2 win over Tottenham.

Jon Obika and Alex Pritchard were on target to send Spurs into the interval with a 2-0 lead.

But Marnick Vermijl reduced the deficit and a Larnell Cole brace saw the United youngsters emulate the first team to claim the title.


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