Di Canio's men are still in a precarious position just above the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League.
However, with Swansea beating Wigan this week it’s made their position look a bit healthier going into the last two games of the season.
This is a look how Sunderland need to improve the spine of their side to improve their fortunes in the 2013/2014 Premier league season.
This has to be a priority, which hasn't been addressed in the past by previous managers. Past and present Sunderland teams have lacked a midfielder who can play 'eye through the needle passes' and create goal scoring chances from nothing.
Steven Fletcher, who has been impressive in most parts of the season, and has 11 goals for Sunderland would find it highly beneficial if he had someone capable of playing key passes through the midfield.
Niko Kranjcar has great experience playing in the Premier League, an eye for goal and is also a good passer of the ball. Although defending may be a weakness in Kranjcar's game, with players like Lee Cattermole and Alfred N'Diaye an attacking midfielder would create balance in the midfield. It would also help Stephane Sessegnon or one of the strikers available in going forward.
With a lot of Sunderland's centre backs over the age of 30 a centre half with some pace under the age of 28 and has good ability on the ball is essential for Di Canio too look at in the summer window.
There are no centre backs in the current squad who would really make any of the top ten teams first XI’s, which is ideally where Sunderland want to be, and the current crop have been far too reliant on Simon Mignolet in the Sunderland goal.
Sébastien Bassong would be a fine addition to the Sunderland back line. With good aerial ability and a physical presence who has been highly impressive for Norwich this season.
Although with probable suitors higher in the table he would take some persuading but it’s not an impossible transfer. As Bassong has already played in the north east this could be used as a pull to join Sunderland as he will know all about the passion of the fans for their football team.
Sunderland are one of the 'sleeping giants' with a great fan base and great facilities, also with the backing from Ellis Short it could be very good transfer.
Survival is the main priority for Sunderland, but if that is accomplished Paolo Di Canio has to address the current squad that isn’t good enough and isn’t big enough for a top ten aspiring club.
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