Larsson was struggling to play for Sunderland when Dick Advocaat was in charge at the Stadium of Light, and the Swedish midfielder has admitted to the Shields Gazette that his role under the former head coach was one of outcast.
Larsson said: “It was a frustrating time. That’s football. Some managers use some players, some use others. My situation under Dick was very clear, so I knew I wasn’t really going to feature.”
Larsson started the campaign in Advocaat’s starting plans, playing the full 90 minutes of the opening day loss to Leicester, and then remaining in the starting XI the following week against Norwich.
However, as both those games ended in defeats, Larsson lost his place in the side, and had to settle for a bench role, and was even not named in two matchday squads.
The Swedish midfielder has admitted that he was aware of his situation under Advocaat, knowing that he was nothing more than an outcast who would only be used as a back-up player if first-team stars were out of action.
This is not really the situation any player wants to be in, and luckily for Larsson, he has found himself back in the starting plans of Sunderland since the appointment of Sam Allardyce.
The 30-year-old played 61 minutes of action for the Black Cats last weekend, and he will be looking to grow in stature in Allardyce’s plans as the season wears on, and hoping to have a positive impact upon Sunderland’s poor form.