Dick Advocaat gives promising assessment of new Sunderland signing Yann M'Vila

Sunderland signing Yann M’Vila will be in line to make his debut this weekend.

M’Vila signed for the Black Cats on loan last week, and head coach Advocaat has told the Chronicle that he is a player who will make a ‘big difference' to the side.

Advocaat said: “He is a controlling player rather than box to box. He is more a passer of the ball, picks a great pass and a quick pass. (He) does well with that. He is a quick thinker. He will make a big difference to the team.”

The former Rennes man signed on a season-long loan from Rubin Kazan last week, but arrived too late to take part in the opening fixture of the Premier League season.

Instead, the French international’s first action as a Black Cat came in the Under-21 side, when he set up one goal and controlled the game from midfield in a 3-1 victory over Norwich City.

However, that impressive debut came to an abrupt end, when he head-butted a Norwich player and was sent off.

Thankfully for Advocaat, the suspension only applies to Under-21 action, and the midfielder will be available for this weekends Premier League fixture with the Canaries.

It is likely M’Vila will come into action immediately, as he is match fit, and Sunderland’s midfield showed no real strength in the defeat to Leicester.

M’Vila is a kind of player they need to shield the defence and provide cover in the middle of the park, and he should impress. Advocaat already believes he will make a big difference to the side, and as long as M’Vila doesn’t show the ill disciplined side of his game, it is hard to disagree with the Sunderland boss.

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