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Sunderland must be more attacking

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Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has called for his team to pose more of a threat going forward next season.
Sunderland posted the second lowest home goals tally in the Premier League in 2012-13, netting on just 20 occasions, and subsequently narrowly avoided the drop by finishing in 17th.

However, with Di Canio set to take charge of his first full campaign at the Stadium of Light, he wants Sunderland to start firing on all cylinders.

"I want to attack. I don’t want to see my team stay too deep," he told The Sunderland Echo.

"We know you have to defend because there are many top sides in the Premier League.

"But we also need the quality to put the opponents in their own half during the game and play football, not just counter-attack."

Di Canio also expressed his desire to have five strikers at the club next season, and insisted any new recruits must be able to play a counter-attacking brand of football.

"The best teams can counter with three passes and you need that," he continued.

"I want a mix of football – a team capable of keeping the opposition in their own half, damaging them with movement, quality and intelligent play, and also to counter.

"It means we need to have quality, athleticism and intelligence. It’s not easy, but I’m sure we can be that team."

Steven Fletcher finished as the club's leading goalscorer last season with 11, despite missing the back end of the campaign due to injury.
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