Sebastian Larsson has admitted to the Sunderland Echo that it's taken him longer than he expected to adapt to his new role in the side.
The experienced Swedish international has played in a more central role this campaign, rather than on the wing, and the transition has been hard to make by his own admission.
Although Larsson is feeling more competent now, earlier today he spoke of the struggles he was experiencing at the start of the season.
“I feel like it took me longer than expected to get used to playing in there," he said. "I was that used to playing out wide.
“I played inside in a two for a bit, and then a three, but I feel like I know the position really well now. Before, I felt like I was running around everywhere, without really affecting anything. Now, I feel like I’m probably doing a bit less running, but being a bit more effective."
Larsson is one of Sunderland's most experienced performers and his knowhow is likely to be key in the second half of the season.
The pressure is on the Black Cats as they fight against the drop and Larsson has the ability to drive them forward.
The 29-year-old has only managed two goals to date this campaign and he will be hoping that this total can improve now that he has fully adapted to his new role in the side.
Sunderland take on Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, as they look to climb away from the bottom three.