Yann M'Vila has played 27 times for Sunderland since signing this summer.
Yann M’Vila has told the Sunderland Echo that having Sam Allardyce as his manager at the Stadium of Light has given him a lot of confidence.
M’Vila only joined Sunderland from Rubin Kazan last summer, but he has already established himself as an important part of the Black Cats’ starting line-up.
The French midfielder has racked up 27 appearances in all competitions so far this season, and he says that he is now looking to repay Allardyce’s faith in him.
"He’s made some great signings and managed to instil a fantastic level of confidence and fight in us," M'Vila said.
“We’re hungry in every game and we want to go to war. I think he’s going to get us out of this situation.
“When he first arrived, I think I was playing well for Sunderland and he wanted to continue this confidence in me. Every single day on the training pitch and every single match, he gives me that confidence.
“I want to repay that confidence on the pitch for him.”
M’Vila has arguably been Sunderland’s most consistent player this term, and he is widely considered to be the best of Dick Advocate’s signings at the Stadium of Light.
The French midfielder’s long-term future at the club is still unknown, however, as his current spell is due to expire at the end of the season.
As things stand, Sunderland are four points adrift of safety, and they will have to put together a strong run of form if they are to climb out of the drop zone.