Lee Cattermole has talked up the impact that Yann M’Vila has made at Sunderland in the Chronicle.
M’Vila only joined Sunderland last summer on a loan deal from Rubin Kazan, but he has taken no time at all to adapt to English football.
The central midfielder has been one of the Black Cats’ most consistent performers over the campaign so far.
And Cattermole said: “He’s been terrific. For a foreign player who’s never played in the Premier League to come in and have the impact that he’s had, in a struggling side at times, he’s held his own.
“He’s gonna be a great asset for us for the rest of the season."
Unfortunately for Sunderland, M’Vila was one of the very few summer signings that they made who has been an unqualified success.
Most of the players the Black Cats brought in to strengthen their squad before the season started have struggled to make an impression.
As a result, Sam Allardyce has been forced to enter the market in January, as he looks to add the quality required to keep the Wearsiders in the Premier League.
Sunderland have made four additions over the past month, and they will be required to help the North East side close a four point gap to safety between now and the end of the season.