Poyet: Buckley proving worth
Gus Poyet believes Will Buckley has already shown why Sunderland pursued him so intensely over the summer.
The former Brighton & Hove Albion man had first been targeted by Poyet in January, with the Uruguayan looking to raid the ranks of a former employer.
No deal was done then, but interest was rekindled once the transfer window re-opened and a £2.5million transfer pushed through.
Poyet is delighted to have got his man, with the 24-year-old winger displaying on his debut against Manchester United why he is held in such high regard.
"I am so pleased that he had a very good first half because now everybody knows why I was so consistent in asking the club to bring him," Poyet said in the Sunderland Echo.
"It took us seven-and-a-half months, but we got him here and now everybody knows why - because he is electric, because he’s direct, because he brings the stands into a different feeling, the atmosphere.
"He is going to do plenty of things. Now, don’t expect it every week – £2.5m. People pay £30m and £40m and £50m – we paid £2.5m, so let’s be patient. But he showed yesterday why he is here and that makes me very happy."
Poyet added: "He is very quiet, shy, but when he is on the pitch and he’s got the chance to attack you, he’s a nightmare.
"He is confident with the position that we play him, he knows what we want from him.
"He doesn’t need to make too many decisions, apart from doing what he does best and being in position."
Poyet has also been quick to praise the impact made by £10million midfielder Jack Rodwell, following his towering header against Manchester United on Sunday which secured a 1-1 draw.
He said: "I have tried to explain in the past, Jack is going to have a special role in this team.
"We have got a player from midfield who can get into the box in open play, but also with his presence at set-plays, we are definitely a bigger team.
"When I got here, we looked very, very small and there were games where we suffered. West Ham and Stoke, they were more powerful than us – now we are giving a threat sometimes on set-plays, which is good as well.
"It’s part of the game and it’s nice when you come to a new club and you have got a price-tag on you, to score against a top team and give your team a point. It was important for Jack’s confidence."