Advocaat: Johnson has a different style to rest of Sunderland squad

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat is in an optimistic mood ahead of two bigs for the club.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has been quoted by the Chronicle suggesting midfielder Adam Johnson could be the difference for the club ahead of important matches against Arsenal and Chelsea.

Johnson could feature in both games despite an ongoing court case and Advocaat has admitted that any player who features in the match day squad has a good chance of starting any match for the club.

“Adam is in the squad, and when you are in the squad always a chance you will start,” said the boss.

“This team works so hard and you have to fair to all of them, but Adam is a player who can do something different for us. His style is different from others, and you saw that when he came on against Leicester.”

Sunderland have just about done enough to keep themselves in the Premier League, but the manager will want a win this evening or this weekend for the team to put the issue well and truly to bed.

It will be difficult against Arsenal this evening because the Gunners are chasing second place in the Premier League and still have something to play for.

However, as Chelsea’s performance against West Brom earlier this week showed, the Blues have dropped their intensity levels which will give Sunderland an opportunity to secure a win against one of the big sides.

It remains to be seen whether Johnson will start the game or be used as an impact player off of the bench, but his pace and ability to cut inside and make the most of his left foot is something that could be a dangerous weapon for the team.

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