Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has been quoted by the Sunderland Echo, explaining the main benefits that Jeremain Lens creates for the club.
The dust has settled on Lens becoming a new signing for the Black Cats as they look to push on and progress after the struggles of last season.
Advocaat feels that the £8 million signing will feature prominently in a 4-3-3 system in the Premier League, arguing that one of his main strengths is his versatility and the different options he creates for the team.
“Lens is not really a player for a 4-4-2. He can go in between the lines and likes going past his man. We don’t have that with (Connor) Wickham,” he told the Sunderland Echo.
“He can play left and right. He can even play as a striker, sometime I used him like that at PSV.”
Must be allowed to settle
Advocaat seems extremely positive and excited about the potentially numerous ways that Lens can fit in at Sunderland.
However, it’s important that he gives the player a chance to settle in a specific role over the first few weeks of the season.
The Premier League is a brutal division in terms of quality and the challenge it represents for any new player at one of the 20 clubs.
If Lens is faced with a situation where he’s being moved from one wing to the other, as well as being utilised in a central attacking role, it may become difficult for him to find some consistency.
A good start is going to be very important for the Black Cats and if Lens is allowed to ease into a specific role in a 4-3-3 system, he’s got a good chance of playing a big part in the process.