Jeremain Lens was outstanding against Swansea City.
The Black Cats have started the season extremely poorly, but against Garry Monk’s side there was a notable difference from the hosts as they displayed continuity and excitement in parts.
A lack of inspiration has long been a problem, yet new signing Lens added a real sense of creativity on Saturday afternoon and was largely responsible for everything good about the home side at the Stadium of Light.
Commentating live for the BBC, Kilbane was impressed by the new recruit from Dynamo Kiev and lauded his display as he helped Sunderland get their first point on the board.
"Jeremain Lens has been really creative today. He's been outstanding. Sunderland needed to turn it round and they've taken a step towards doing that,” Kilbane said.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the 28-year-old displayed a touch of quality in a number of key attacking areas with two shots, three successful take-ons and on key pass.
Swansea took the lead on the stroke of half time through Bafetimbi Gomis, a goal which was largely against the run of play as Sunderland more than matched the visitors.
Fortunately for Dick Advocaat’s men, a deserved equaliser wasn’t too far off as Jermain Defoe latched on to Lens’ pass and clinically fired past Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
While not exactly the result the hosts wanted, it’s a start and at least gets them up and running for the Premier League season.