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Allardyce: January signings crucial to Sunderland's survival

  • Allardyce: January signings crucial to Sunderland's survival

Sam Allardyce, jubilant in light of Sunderland's ability to secure a spot in the Premier League for next season - and relegate bitter rival Newcastle, along with Norwich, in the process - highlighted his side's dealings in the January transfer window as a key reason the Black Cats survived the drop.

Wednesday's 3-0 domination of Everton ensured the club will enjoy a 10th consecutive year in the top flight next season, and all three of Jan Kirchhoff, Lamine Kone, and Wahbi Khazri played an integral part in obtaining both that result, and others that led to survival.

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Kone, who joined the club from French side FC Lorient, scored twice at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.

"We got some players in January and we turned into a team from January onwards," Allardyce told Sky Sports after the win. "We became difficult to beat, a team that didn't like losing again, and we continued this run through the last 10 games or so.

"The financial side (of staying up), what that gives us in terms of spending is the same for everyone, so it's how wisely we spend it and what we do.

"I think the contribution of the players we got in January has been really big and the next set of recruitment is crucial to make sure the club isn't cheering a lap of honour to be staying up again."

Khazri, signed from Bordeaux, has scored twice and added an assist following his move from Ligue 1, offering Allardyce an electrifying attacking option capable of unlocking opposing defenses from wide positions.

Kirchhoff, meanwhile, was snapped up from Bayern Munich for a paltry £750,000, and was an instrumental force in defensive midfield, offering cover for a backline that desperately needed it.

Allardyce, who rejoiced on the pitch after the contest, is right to wax lyrical about the impact of the trio, who have helped to ensure yet another great escape.

"It was pretty miraculous - there was no way I wanted to go to Watford (on Sunday) needing anything," he said.

Much to the chagrin of those at St. James' Park, he doesn't have to.

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