Sunderland's Santiago Vergini suggests he's been used out of position this season

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Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini admits he feels more comfortable in the centre of defence.

Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini has told the Chronicle that he feels most comfortable when playing in the centre of defence.

Vergini has generally been deployed as a right-back by the Black Cats this season, but the Argentine says that isn't his most natural position.

Although he doesn't mind filling in there for the side, Vergini admits that he prefers playing in the heart of the defence.

“It’s true that is my natural position, and centre-back is where I feel most comfortable," he said. 

“But I am always available to the management team and also my teammates to help them out and play wherever I am needed.”

Vergini may finally get to play at centre-back this weekend when Sunderland take on Stoke City due to injury problems in the squad.

With Wes Brown out, Vergini is set to accompany John O'Shea in the middle of the Sunderland back-four and he will be hoping to impress.

Sunderland are reportedly set to sign Vergini at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail, and he will want to show that he would be a worthwhile addition when playing in a more familiar role.

Vergini has often looked uncomfortable at right-back, but he is likely to have a chance to impress this Saturday and he will be hoping to seize his opportunity to ensure that he gets to play his preferred role for the rest of the campaign. 

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