Sunderland’s Yann M’Vila has commented on his side’s potential.
Sunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila believes his side should be aiming higher up the table if they manage to avoid relegation to the Championship this term, the Sunderland Echo report.
Boss Sam Allardyce has begun to mould a competitive side at the Stadium of Light and M’Vila feels the Wearside club can aim higher next season on the condition they preserve their Premier League status come the end of the current campaign.
"I have played in every game and when you look at the staff and the players we have here at Sunderland, if we can keep this club in the Premier League then we will be able to set our sights a little higher next season," the midfielder explained.
The Black Cats started the campaign very poorly indeed and former boss Dick Advocaat walked out with the club rooted to the bottom of the table and winless from their opening set of fixtures.
Allardyce’s arrival, however, has marked a real improvement in results and their recent January transfer business - strengthening with the addition of five new players - has added a healthy competition for places.
The club still sit in the bottom three and one point from safety but look the most likely to steer clear of the relegation mix on current form, with fellow contenders Newcastle United and Norwich City far from convincing.
The Black Cats have found themselves in this position far too often in recent seasons, pulling off a great escape only to fail to kick on when the ensuing season gets underway.
With Allardyce at the helm, hoewver, there is a growing feeling that things could be different. And survival this season could prove a huge step towards sustained success.