Sebastian Larsson hopes David Moyes' appointment could be a fresh start for him

Stoke's Bojan Krkic in action with Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson

Larsson admitted he had thoughts about leaving the club.

Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson in action

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson is hoping that the appointment of David Moyes as manager will be a fresh start for the Sweden international.

Larsson had a season that was blighted by a knee injury last term, but when he was available he felt there were times when he thought he should have been getting his opportunity in the starting line-up. The manager at the time Sam Allardyce clearly disagreed. 

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

The midfielder is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “First of all to get my first ever [major] injury and miss three months of the season and then not to really get back into the team. I am used to playing and sitting on the sidelines is not what you want to do, so yes it was frustrating.”

“Those thoughts go through your head when you don’t play, when you feel like you are doing okay, you’re doing alright. You always think you should be starting but there were points last year when I thought I should be playing and I wasn’t.

“Maybe, that was an indication of what the manager [Allardyce] thought, and those thoughts [about leaving] they do go through your head."

Sunderland manager David Moyes

Larsson has plenty of experience in the Premier League and some hard work could force him into the starting XI under Moyes.

The player at least has a point to prove at the Stadium of Light in the season ahead, as will many players as they look to impress a new manager ahead of his first season in charge; and anyone selected for the opening day trip to Manchester City will carry a huge degree of responsibility in getting a good result in a challenging fixture. 

It will be interesting to see if there is a change in approach from Moyes towards Larsson, but it is clear that the Sunderland man will need to get his head down and work hard for his place in the side. 

Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson (C) in action with Toronto's Justin Morrow (L)

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