Sam Allardyce responds when asked when Jan Kirchhoff will be ready for Sunderland debut

Sunderland completed a move for Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff yesterday.

Sam Allardyce has told BBC Newcastle via the Chronicle that new recruit Jan Kirchhoff will be thrown in at the deep end at Sunderland.

Kirchhoff completed a move to Sunderland yesterday, signing an 18 month contract with the Wearsiders.

The 25-year-old defender, who joins from Bayern Munich, has no experience of playing in England - but Allardyce wants to put him in Sunderland’s starting line up in the near future.

“As soon as we can,” Allardyce responded, when asked when Kirchhoff would be ready to start.

“As soon as he has joined in with the lads and gets to know them. He speaks good English, which will help.

“As he gets to understand the players he plays with, he will be involved and introduced off the bench.”

Allardyce has prioritised strengthening Sunderland’s defence in January, after seeing his side leak goals throughout the campaign so far.

The Black Cats have conceded more times than any side in the Premier League this season, and unless they can tighten up their chances of survival look slim.

Sunderland are currently four points away from safety, and they sit in 19th place in England’s top flight.

Kirchhoff will be in direct competition with the likes of John O’Shea, Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Coates and Wes Brown for a place in Allardyce’s starting line up, following his move to the Stadium of Light.

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