Sunderland signed the Gabon international from Lorient in the summer.
Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong has told safc.com that the club’s French-speaking players are helping him out during training as he settles into life on Wearside.
The Gabon international became the Black Cats’ record signing in the summer when he completed a £13.6 million move from Ligue 1 side Lorient, and Ndong’s performances have been one of few positives for Sunderland this season.
The 22-year-old was one of 10 players to arrive at the Stadium of Light since David Moyes took over, and Ndong has praised the welcome he has received since moving to England.
“I’m adapting really well and the team has welcomed me with open arms,” Ndong told safc.com.
“Each day they [the French-speaking players] are really helpful in training. It facilitates what we’re trying to do and although we’re on a tricky start we will get there if we work hard.”
Not knowing the English language will certainly be a big hurdle that Ndong needs to overcome, and it is seemingly a problem at the club, with defender Patrick van Aanholt saying earlier in the season that there is a language barrier which is making it hard for the players to get on the same page and communicate.
Sunderland’s start to the Premier League has been nothing short of disastrous, and the limited English speakers will have made it difficult for Moyes to get his message across, but Ndong is no doubt trying his best to understand with the help of those who speak French at the club.
While the language barrier is a problem, the reported high spirits in the Black Cats camp combined with the positive performances from the box-to-box midfielder mean Ndong can be personally happy with how things have started in the North East.
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