Scocco can be a key man for Sunderland – Poyet

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GUS Poyet hopes impending signing Nacho Scocco will help solve Sunderland’s goalscoring problems.

The Black Cats are scoring less than a goal a game in the Premier League and last weekend managed to score just once against non-league Kidderminster Harriers despite near complete domination and an onslaught of shots.

Ignacio Scocco.

Ignacio Scocco.

The Black Cats boss said: “I am not a complete stats man – I don’t think you can tell everything from one set of stats – but if you analyse stats over a series of games, in the long-term, they give you the lot.

“And we have noticed that there are quantity of games – Cardiff away, West Ham away – where we’ve had 20 shots but only one or two on target.

“Even against Manchester United when we won in the cup, we only had one shot on target.

“So that is something we need to improve dramatically and there are ways you can do that. You can work on things in training and then of course you can bring in someone else who can do something different as well, which is why there has been all this talk of Scocco.”

A swift conclusion is now expected in Sunderland’s pursuit of the Internacional player with the Argentine believed to be flying over today to put pen-to-paper on a £4m transfer and a two-and-a-half year contract.

Scocco is recognised as a versatile attacker, at home in a number of positions, but Poyet says he is bringing him in primarily as a striker.

He told the Echo: “I’ve had a good chat with him and he’s comfortable playing as part of a front three.

“We will use him further up the pitch because he is not really a defensive player, so I see him as a striker more than anything else.

“That’s a good thing for us though because we need to score goals and Scocco could provide us with that little extra both in scoring goals and creating them.”