Love signed from Manchester United this summer.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in action with Sunderland's Donald Love
Sunderland summer signing Donald Love has said he hopes his move to the Stadium of Light could be the start of him getting some regular game time.
The 21-year-old defender arrived from Manchester United along with Paddy McNair prior to last weekend's opening game against Manchester City - with Love making his debut at the Etihad Stadium.
He was on the fringes of the side after he was recalled from a loan spell at Wigan Athletic last season, and made his debut against the Black Cats, but left Old Trafford in search of some regular first team football.
Manchester City's Nolito in action with Sunderland's Donald Love
Love is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “I have got to the age of 21 and really want to start playing games regularly.
“Hopefully I can come here and do that at Sunderland.
“My loan spell last season introduced me to men’s football.
“It got me out there, you have to make yourself known and it was good for my development.”
Sunderland manager David Moyes
Given they are pretty thin on the ground in terms of players in general, Love is going to get a fair chance to prove to David Moyes that he can be a regular at the club both throughout the season, and in the years to come.
He has plenty to learn at his age but he has realised it is best for him to get some first team football. He acquitted himself pretty well in a testing environment against Manchester City and faces another big assignment with on Sunday if he's selected for his first home game for Sunderland when they take on Middlesbrough.
As he is playing for manager who has always liked his side to be organised at the back, the chances are that Love that can develop into a very solid defender.
Sunderland manager David Moyes acknowledges fans at the end of the match