Sunderland announced the signing of Cardiff City goalkeeper Lee Camp on loan until the end of the season late last night.
Camp, 33, has struggled for game time at the Welsh outfit and will join Chris Coleman’s struggling Black Cats in search of first-team football.
Is this a good signing for the Mackems?
Of all the goalkeepers Sunderland were linked with, they have landed a rather uninspiring name in Lee Camp.
Coleman was desperate for a goalkeeping addition, but ultimately left his search to long and missed out on a number of better options.
Hardly an encouraging signing for Sunderland.
Well, he’s better than what they have but that’s not saying much.
Chris Coleman should’ve had a keeper lined up for January 1 as it is clear that the current options aren’t good enough.
Camp has experience which will help but he too hasn’t convinced and hasn’t played regularly for a while now.
He’s an improvement but they probably needed better.
Lee Camp is an extremely experienced goalkeeper at this level, and should present an upgrade on Sunderland’s current options.
However the Cardiff man wasn’t the first choice after a deal for Andy Lonergan fell through, so it looks like the Black Cats have settled for second best on this one.
It could be good.
Camp knows the division and has plenty of experience which is what Sunderland need in between the sticks.
He needs to get up to speed quickly, though, with Sunderland now needing some big performances from their more experienced players to get out of trouble.
I’m not too sure that Sunderland need three first team keepers but might well start and he’s been around the block a few times.
He adds something which is sorely lacking at Sunderland – experience – and should help to organise a defence that was exposed against by Birmingham on Tuesday. Is he an upgrade on their current options?
You’d have to say yes, just about.