Sunderland midfielder Jeremain Lens says that new manager David Moyes has a good squad to work with at the Stadium of Light after succeeding Sam Allardyce.
The Black Cats managed a revival in the second half of last season to ensure they retained their top flight status after a string of good, solid performances.
Lens has suggested that Moyes could do better than his predecessor, and is quoted in the Chronicle saying: “Since I came here, we have had a good squad – it’s just we were a little bit unlucky at times and didn’t always look like a good team.
“Individually though, we have always had really good, high-quality players.
“Sam made a good group out of us, with a great first XI and everybody else outside that first XI still being really important.
“Now, it is up to the new manager to keep that up, and maybe do even better than Sam did."
That is going to be a hard comparison to make as Allardyce was never in charge of Sunderland from the start of the season, although he did a good job in making them solid and more of a threat in the final third as they secured their survival with time to spare.
One way to ensure Moyes does a good job would be for him to ensure that Sunderland do not even flirt with relegation as the club looks to have a solid campaign.
As for the squad at the manager's disposal, there is certainly plenty to work with. Towards the back end of the campaign, there was some real solidity at the back, something which Moyes likes to see from his side, while at the other end of the field they have a proven Premier League marksman in Jermain Defoe.
There is plenty of experience in the side and some talented footballers that in some cases probably have not fulfilled their potential.
It will be interesting to see just how Moyes' tenure begins when Sunderland face Manchester City on the opening day of the season.