Advocaat identifies two Sunderland players who 'need' to play against West Ham

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has made a hint at who could be included in his first-team selection against West Ham United this weekend.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat appears to have confirmed that Sebastian Larsson and John O'Shea will both be part of his  team to take on West Ham United this weekend from his comments in the Daily Mail.

Larsson and O'Shea have both been nursing injuries throughout the week, but Advocaat says that they 'need' to be in the team against West Ham.

The Dutchman is due to take charge of his first Sunderland game on Saturday and it seems that he already has made plans over which team he will pick. 

"John O’Shea and Sebastian Larsson for example, have not trained this week but need to play on Saturday because the group is quite small," he said. 

"We have a decent team if everyone is fit. You see how big the club is and well organised. The academy where they train is only five years old. It looks great. The stadium I have not seen, but it seems to be great. The first two days were good."

Sunderland travel to the Boleyn Ground in desperate need of wins to start pulling away from the relegation zone.

Advocaat has taken over the club at a dangerous time and he has little chance to rectify any faults in their squad, as the Black Cats' need for points is urgent.

At the moment the North East based side are just one point clear of the bottom three and Advocaat will realise that they could fall into it with a defeat against West Ham.

It will be a tough test for Sunderland to cope with such pressure against a team who have proven to be a match for some of the Premier League's best teams this season.

Although Sam Allardyce's men have not been in great form of late, they have the quality to hurt Sunderland if they are at their best and Advocaat will need to formulate a clever plan to stop the hosts' better attacking talents.  

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