Sam Allardyce praises Lamine Kone's start at Sunderland

Lamine Kone has made eight appearances for Sunderland so far.

Manager Sam Allardyce has told the Chronicle that Sunderland defender Lamine Kone deserves more credit for his performances.

Kone joined Sunderland in the January transfer window in Lorient, and he has immediately been given a key role at the Stadium of Light.

The powerful defender has already racked up eight appearances for the Black Cats and Allardyce has been very impressed by what he’s seen.

“You see (Jan) Kirchhoff on the ball a huge amount of times intercepting and playing those passes which he can make,” the experienced manager said.

“He protects the back four with his reading of the game, which makes him stand out a little bit more.

“But for the trained eye, when you see how Lamine handles the off-the-ball situations and the opposition centre-forward, he makes the game look so simple.”

Kirchhoff has earned a lot of credit for his performances in the heart of Sunderland’s midfield.

The former Bayern Munich man has adapted quickly to the demands of playing in the Premier League, like many of Sunderland’s January signings.

As well as Kone and Kirchhoff, Sunderland also brought in Wahbi Khazri and Dame N’Doye in the previous transfer window, and the quartet have all made positive impressions.

Sunderland have put in some great performances of late, but they are still in serious trouble.

The Black Cats are currently four points adrift of safety, with just seven games remaining in their season.

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