The skipper feels that Sunderland's new loan signings will make significant contributions moving forward.
“Ola is an experienced international player too," the captain said. “There were plenty of tackles flying around him at Villa, so he knew he was in a game, but he showed some lovely link-up play and that’s going to be important for us."
Sunderland resume their faltering season at home to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, where Dick Advocaat will be hoping his captain's reviews of M'Vila and Toivonen ring true in helping their cause.
The Black Cats are yet to pick up a victory in the new Premier League campaign, and currently sit bottom of the league with just two points to their name after four games.