Matthews swapped the Scottish Premiership for the Stadium of Light this summer, and says a good start is key in 2015/16.
One of Sunderland's summer signings, Adam Matthews, has been speaking to the Sunderland Echo is sure the side can have a better season in 2015/16 than last term after the side's 4-2 pre-season win over Darlington.
Sunderland have struggled for the past few seasons in the Premier League, flirting with relegation before rallying to secure their safety in the top-flight, but Matthews thinks the side can finish higher up the standings if they get off to a good start.
He is quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “I spoke to the manager and he said he is going to try and bring a few more players in.
“I think we should be finishing higher than we did last season.
“I’m sure if we start the season as well as we want to, we will finish higher.”
Head Coach Dick Advocaat changed his mind regarding his future after securing the side's safety last term. It seemed at one stage as if the Black Cats would be looking for a new boss, but their Dutch boss had a change of heart and said he would take charge of them for at least one more season.
Matthews, a £2 million signing from Celtic (as reported in the Daily Mail), could be a key part of the side as an attacking full-back. In order to ensure their survival early in the top flight, they are going to have to be solid at the back, but will have to take full advantage of their home games and make the Stadium of Light something of a fortress.
Given Matthews likes to get forward, he will have a key role in the side if he is a regular next season, as all of those associated with Sunderland will be hoping for a season in which they are able to steer well clear of another basement battle.