Poyet pleased with new boy

by Kate Smith

Alonso impresses in United win.

Sunderland’s newest recruit Marcos Alonso was handed a baptism of fire as he made his Black Cats debut in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester United.

Despite the magnitude of the game, the left-back rose to the occasion and after receiving Sky’s Man of the Match accolade, Gus Poyet paid tribute to the 23 year-old:

“Marcos did look tired at the end, I was nearly changing him about four times, but I’m pleased that he made his debut and that he did very well.”

“He had a difficult task with [Antonio] Valencia and we won the game,” Poyet continued.

“You know how important it is for a player to feel part of a winning team.”

Alonso sealed a loan move from Fiorentina earlier this month when the January transfer window opened, he previously spent three seasons with Bolton Wanderers, making 45 appearances and scoring five goals.

Poyet believes the Spaniard has a lot to offer Sunderland and is looking forward to seeing more from him:

“We’re pleased with him and we’ll help him to recover him as soon as possible and see how he is ahead of Saturday.”