Cattermole praises attitude of new signings

Lee Cattermole has paid credit to Sunderland's new signings following some impressive performances from the January arrivals.

Cattermole praises attitude of new signings
Cattermole has been impressed with the new arrivals (Photo: Getty)

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has praised the "fantastic attitude" of the club's new signings.

The Black Cats brought in four new players in January, and have seen an upturn in fortunes in their quest for Premier League survival.

Lamine Kone and Wahbi Khazri were instrumental in Sunderland's 2-1 victory over Manchester United, moving Sam Allardyce's side within one point of Norwich City in 17th.

New signings settle into life on Wearside

Speaking about the new signings, Cattermole said that the new players have arrived with a "fantastic attitude".

"They have come in and looked like they really want to be here," he added.

The 27-year-old admitted that it is "not always the case" when new players arrive, but it appears to be working out this time around for Sunderland.

He admitted it was a "credit to the lads who were already here", for helping with the bedding in process.

Khazri has been hugely impressive since arriving in January. | Image source: Premier League
Khazri has been hugely impressive since arriving in January. | Image source: Premier League

Sunderland to build on last two home performances

Sunderland's previous three fixtures looked daunting on paper, but they were able to collect four points and also put in a spirited performance against Manchester City.

Cattermole played a key role in the win against Louis van Gaal's team, and said that the plan was to not allow Manchester United "into the flow of the game."

"The whole game was played at our tempo," said Cattermole, with Sunderland taking the game to the away team early in the game and taking a quick lead through Khazri.

Squad now set for break

With Sunderland out of the FA Cup, the Wearsiders have a break before their next Premier League game.

Sam Allardyce and his players will be heading to Dubai for warm weather training, and Cattermole thinks the break will "refresh" the squad.

"It will be nice to get away and the new lads will be there," he explained. "We can all refresh and hopefully go down to West Ham and get a result."

Cattermole admitted that sometimes a break is not ideal when "performing" as they are at the moment.

However, he said that the player "have to enjoy it" and make sure that the Black Cats "start again" where they left off.