Sunderland have got off to a terrible start with two defeats from their opening two games.
Sunderland defender Sebastian Coates has told the Chronicle that his side need to get to working as a team, and rediscover the determination that helped them avoid relegation from the Premier League last season.
The Black Cats have got off to an atrocious start having been well beaten by Leicester City on the opening day of the season, and comprehensively outdone by the division's newboys Norwich City at the Stadium of Light at the weekend.
Coates is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “Maybe the problem is we have lost the determination we had at the end of last season.
“We need to get back to working as a team on the pitch.
“We have not had that in these first two games. We have not stayed at the level we can.
“We did not expect that performance against Norwich."
Given the start to the season that Sunderland were served up by the fixture computer, they will have hoped to get a least a couple of points on the board if not a win, but to have nothing to show for their efforts after two disappointing displays means that some are talking about the side being early favourites to be relegated from the top flight.
Even during the early stages of the season, it feels that their game with Swansea City next weekend is a big one for Dick Advocaat's side as they try and get some early season momentum and calm any fears that they could be dragged into yet another relegation dog fight.
Coates has been one of the players criticised from the opening two games along with fellow defender Younes Kaboul as they try and bed in a new central defensive pairing - but so far both players have been incredibly exposed.