Sebastian Larsson discusses new Sunderland signings, including ex-Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul

The midfielder is impressed with the business carried out by Dick Advocaat and his scouting team so far.

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson has, in the Sunderland Echo, given his verdict on the signings made by the club so far this summer.

The Black Cats have been able to strengthen in defence, with last season’s loan deal for Sebastian Coates turned into a permanent move from Liverpool, while Younes Kaboul has arrived from Tottenham Hotspur. Meanwhile, Holland international winger Jeremain Lens has been acquired from Dynamo Kiev.

Larsson is quoted in the Sunderland Echo as suggesting that the signing of Kaboul is a big one for the club.

He said: “We needed that quality coming in. That’s what we were looking for. We want people playing in the right positions, who can only improve us.

“Kaboul is someone who has been there and done it and done really well. Hopefully he comes in and is a very good signing for us."

One quality that Kaboul does bring to the side is Premier League experience - a lot like John O'Shea and Wes Brown have done down the years - but there will be the hope of a lot more solidity at the back as Sunderland look to ensure there is no repeat of previous seasons where the side have been perilously close to losing their top-flight status.

The signing of Lens indicates that Dick Advocaat wants his side to be more potent going forward, and will he provide a degree of width to the team along with an eye for goal.

If Larsson is proved right in his verdict on the signings so far, then we should expect a positive start to the new campaign from Sunderland, with the side energised by the new faces that have arrived at the Stadium of Light this summer. Their fans will be hoping for a good start to fend off the threat of relegation, and spare their fingernails towards the closing stages of the campaign.

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