Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri wants to do talking on the pitch to avoid relegation heartache

The Tunisian midfielder is hoping to avoid the same fate he suffered at Bastia when they were relegated.

Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri wants to do talking on the pitch to avoid relegation heartache
Khazri knows how important Saturday's game at Norwich is. (Photo: safc.com)

Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri has sent a message to his teammates to do their talking on the pitch as they prepare for a huge game against Norwich City on Saturday.

The midfielder has impressed since arriving from France, but Sunderland are still locked in the bottom three and face a season-defining game on Saturday at Carrow Road.

A defeat on Saturday could seal Sam Allardyce's side's fate, but Khazri wants to "stay in the Premier League", describing it as the "most important thing" they can do.

Khazri no stranger to relegation

Khazri was part of the Bastia side that was relegated to the third tier of French football in 2010, and thinks it was "a little bit like here [Sunderland]", with the French side having "solid home form, but were often playing down at the bottom of the league."

The winger admits that there has been a lot of talk amongst the player about staying up, but believes "words are very easy."

"What we need to do is show that on the pitch," said Khazri.

The 25-year-old obviously wants to stay up for himself, but "most importantly [for] the fans."

"The follow us home or away every week, and we owe it to them to stay in the Premier League." he continued

Khazri is desperate to avoid the fate he suffered at former club, Bastia | Photo: Getty
Khazri is desperate to avoid the fate he suffered at former club, Bastia | Photo: Getty

The Tunisian understands the importance of Norwich game

Sunderland go in to Saturday's game in 18th place, four points behind Norwich with six games to play.

A defeat would see the Black Cats seven points adrift from safety and with one foot in the Championship, and Khazri has described it as a "very big match," but will not be over-awed by the occasion.

"I wouldn't say it's the biggest [game] of my career, I've had relegation battles that have been just as difficult." he stated.

With a defeat being disastrous for Sunderland, Khazri thinks the game is "like a cup final." Continuing by stating that his team "need to get a win to help secure our Premier League status", the importance of a result for the Black Cats is clear to see.