Lamine Kone discusses the impact he’s tried to have at Sunderland

Sunderland Stadium of Light

The defender is hoping to impress against Manchester United this weekend.

Lamine Kone has tried to make an immediate impact with his physicality since his arrival at Sunderland, he has told the club’s official website.

The defender arrived at the club in the January transfer window in a move from French side Lorient, as manager Sam Allardyce brought several new faces to the Stadium of Light.

He has made an instant impression as well, bringing the sort of defensive steel to the Black Cats defence that has been sorely missing this season.

And he has admitted that he has looked to make an immediate impression with his physicality since arriving at the club last month.

“It’s a big club with great facilities and a very good coach who is doing well with us,” he told

“There are good players and I’m very happy to be here; I’ve tried to come in and make an immediate impression with my physicality and the other players have also really helped me.”

“It was a great experience for me [to make my debut at the Stadium of Light] and I think we played a really good game as a team, so I want to see us play like this on a regular basis because we deserved something from the game.”

The Black Cats will now be hoping that Kone can help them to keep more clean sheets in the remaining 13 games this season.

They have the worst defensive record in the Premier League this season, having conceded 49 goals in 25 games this year, nine worse than bottom of the table Aston Villa.

They have also only managed three clean sheets in that period, the joint worst in the division alongside Norwich City, and if Kone can help to improve that somewhat, he will prove to have been a smart acquisition for them.

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