Sunderland attacker Jeremain Lens has admitted to the Sunderland Echo that he still isn’t in his best shape.
Lens joined Sunderland during the summer transfer window, and he has made a decent initial impression on Wearside.
The winger has added pace and power to their attack, but he feels that he has not yet reached the top of his game as he is still adapting to playing in the Premier League.
“Maybe I’m not in my best shape, I got the red card [against West Ham] and we didn’t win any games before Sunday,” he said.
“But if you look at all the games, I delivered two assists and scored two goals, so I can be important for the team.
“You need players in your team who can score goals and provide passes. The level of the game, the high speed of the game here is a big difference. It’s something I need to adapt to and find my right condition.
“I have the feeling that game-by-game I’m getting in better shape and think I can be important for this team.”
Sunderland will need Lens to get up to speed quickly, as he is a very important figure in their push to steer clear of trouble this season.
The 27-year-old looks to be one of Sunderland’s best attacking threats, and his speed could be key, if they do set up to hurt teams on the counter-attack under Sam Allardyce.
Lens started in Sunderland’s recent derby win over Newcastle United, and he will hope to build on that display, where he proved to be a constant menace.
Sunderland’s next match comes against Everton at the weekend, and a win in that tie could take them out of the relegation zone.