Sam Allardyce says Sunderland's January signings are starting to feel the pace of English football

The Sunderland boss has been talking about the recent additions to his squad.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has been speaking to the Sunderland Echo about his January additions and how some of them are starting to struggle with the rigours of the English game.

The Black Cats made arguably the most impressive additions during the last transfer window, with Lamine Kone, Jan Kirchhoff and Wahbi Khazri all hitting the ground running at the Stadium of Light and playing a significant role in their improved performances.

However, Allardyce’s side have not always managed to turn good performances into vital wins and they find themselves just one point outside the relegation zone with 10 matches remaining.

Khazri and Kirchhoff in particular looked like they were feeling the pace of the game in the recent 1-1 draw with Southampton and that is something Allardyce appears to have expected.

“I think some of the new players are starting to feel the pace of the Premier League a little bit,” he told the Echo.

“As well as they’ve done, they don’t realise how ferocious this league is. They’re having to find their maximum every single game they play. In fact, they’re going beyond the maximum that they’ve ever gone before.”

In Kirchhoff’s case in particular, his struggles to continually replicate his best form are no surprise given his lack of game-time at Bayern Munich prior to his move.

But it is up to all Sunderland's players to give their all for the remainder of the campaign, knowing that every single point will be vital in a tight relegation scrap that could go to the wire.

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