Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri on settling into life in the Premier League

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Khazri got his first goal in the 2-1 win over Manchester United.

Sunderland's January signing Wahbi Khazri has said the style of English football suits him and probably suits the other new arrivals at the club.

Khazri stood out during Saturday's 2-1 win over Manchester United at the Stadium of Light as he opened the scoring, while a header from fellow newboy Lamine Kone forced an own goal from David De Gea - giving Sunderland a crucial win in their battle for survival.

Khazri told the Sunderland Echo: “It’s intensive the football in this country, whereas in France it’s more tactical and defensive.

“Here it’s more open and the teams are more attack-minded.

“I think it suits me.

“And I think it’s the same for the other new boys, because we’ve all settled in really well. Hopefully that continues.

“We played a good match against Manchester City, but lost. Got a good point at Liverpool and then we’ve won against Man United.

“It’s good for the confidence of the team because we know what a good team Man United are."

They certainly seem to have added a bit more purpose about their play, while Kone seems to have struck up a decent understanding with John O'Shea at the heart of the Black Cats defence.

Jan Kirchhoff seems to have solved a problem by screening the back four, and they will hope that his injury is not serious enough for him to be on the sidelines for any great deal of time. The instant impact of the new arrivals have been there for all to see, now they need to sustain it until the end of the season, and beyond. 

It has been a relatively positive run for Sunderland, and the new signings have had a positive effect on a tricky run of three fixtures which has seen Sam Allardyce's side pick up four points - and move themselves to within a point of safety with 12 games remaining this season.

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