Charlie Nicholas impressed by Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri

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Wahbi Khazri has made a very positive first impression at Sunderland.

Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, which was broadcast on March 5th, that Sunderland’s left hand side now looks strong.

The Black Cats brought in Wahbi Khazri from Bordeaux during the January transfer window, and the Tunisian international has impressed.

Khazri’s determination and skill has already caught the eye, and his partnership with Patrick van Aanholt has been an effective one.

Nicholas has certainly been impressed by the pair, but he does feel that Sam Allardyce’s options down the right are slightly weaker.

“All of a sudden, he’s [Allardyce has] got pace,” the former Arsenal striker said. “Khazri and Van Aanholt down the left are a lovely combination.

“Down the right, not so much though. Borini pace gets you there, but there’s not enough graft in it. They don’t look like a team going down. This team is more than capable of winning.”

Khazri was one of a number of players that Sunderland brought in during the January transfer window, and they have all been great successes.

Lamine Kone, Jan Kirchhoff and Dame N’Doye have all impressed so far, and their performances have helped the team improve considerably.

Sunderland have taken five points from their last four matches to move out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.

The Black Cats are now one point above the drop zone, and they have plenty of time to prepare for their next match - which comes against Newcastle United in two weekends’ time.

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