Jack Rodwell comments on Tottenham clash, and two new faces

Jack Rodwell

The Sunderland midfielder looks ahead to this weekend's game as well as commenting on the arrivals of Ricky Alvarez and Sebastian Coates.

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has said that the side are desperate to get points on the board, with Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light their next Premier League fixture.

The Black Cats have taken two points from their opening three games with draws against West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United, and a loss away to Queens Park Rangers.

Rodwell told the Sunderland website: “We knew that QPR were going to be like that because they didn’t have a great start to the season and I’m sure that Spurs will be flying, so hopefully we can get the three points.

"Against QPR it was a little scrappy but it will be open against Spurs so hopefully we will create a few more chances.”

Last season, Spurs came from behind to win 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland were struggling towards the bottom of the table, whilst it was much needed win for Andre Villas-Boas at the time.

The midfielder also commented on the signing of Sebastian Coates on a season-long loan from Liverpool on transfer deadline day, along with fellow newboy at Sunderland Ricky Alvarez.

“I haven’t seen too much of [Ricky Alvarez] but I have heard that he is a tricky player who can unlock defences, which is great.

“Sebastian also gives us strength in numbers and that is what we need at this stage of the season, so it is great to have them on board and hopefully they can add to the team.”

For Coates he faces competition from the likes of experienced duo John O'Shea and Wes Brown to get into the Sunderland side and at the stage he's at with his career, he'll be hoping to break into the side and hold down a place so he can get some regular game time for the first time in English football.

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