Younes Kaboul aims for fast start from Sunderland next season

Sunderland's Younes Kaboul and Lee Cattermole look dejected

Sunderland had to rally to avoid relegation yet again last season.

Lamine Kone celebrates scoring the third goal for Sunderland with Younes Kaboul and Jermain DefoeLamine Kone celebrates scoring the third goal for Sunderland with Younes Kaboul and Jermain Defoe

Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul has said the side must try and start the next season like they finished the last campaign which saw them avoid relegation from the Premier League.

A string of fine performances towards the end of the season - which saw them lose just one of their 10 league games - and crucial wins against Norwich City, Chelsea and Everton ensured they retained their top flight status.

Chelsea's Diego Costa in action with Sunderland's Younes KaboulChelsea's Diego Costa in action with Sunderland's Younes Kaboul

He's quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “Obviously our target is to carry on on the same run that we finished the season.

“I don’t like to look back on the last season, but we have learned from that and hopefully we can now look forward, and hopefully the future will be bright for us and the fans."

Certainly Sunderland will be hoping for a smoother ride this season than in previous campaigns where they have struggled at the start of the season, then found themselves having to work hard in order to avoid the drop.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce

They face a tricky start to the season when they travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, with their opening home game a week later a derby match against Middlesbrough.

The Black Cats then face a difficult looking run of fixtures as they face Southampton, Everton and Tottenham in their three following games. 

It's hard to say what would be a good points total from that cluster of games but one would think if they get at least two wins it would be a satisfactory start to the season. Performances at that stage of the season, regardless of the result, are going to be very important for Sam Allardyce to gauge just how his side are progressing. 

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce

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