First five games are 'crucial' according to Allardyce

The Black Cats have had a torrid start to the last five seasons, but Sam Allardyce is keen on rectifying that next season.

First five games are 'crucial' according to Allardyce
Allardyce is determined on changing Sunderland's fortunes next season (Photo: Getty Images)

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce believes the first five games of next season will be the most important as the Black Cats look to avoid a run of bad starts to each season.

They haven’t won a Premier League game before October since 2013 and they haven’t won a league game in August since 2010 and Big Sam is keen on changing that.

Starting like that next season will no doubt mean the Wearsiders will have to prepare for, yet another, relegation battle, but a turnaround in form at the end of last season could be a change in mentality.

The Black Cats have not won a game in August since 2010 (Photo: Getty Images)
The Black Cats have not won a game in August since 2010 (Photo: Getty Images)

Allardyce determined not to start badly

The Black Cats’ boss is thriving to ensure that his side don’t go through another relegation battle, and stated that the start to the season is where they need to change their form.

“I wouldn’t want to go through what I went through when I first got here,” he said.

Sunderland will be aiming to make the most out of the first five games of the season, says Allardyce, who was brought in last October after a dismal start to last season.

He is determined to win two or three of those games, despite what happens in the transfer window because it will become the “inevitable relegation struggle”.

He added: “If you do not win any of the first five, what a struggle it becomes after that.”

Rachid Ghezzal will be a big scoop for Allardyce if it comes off (Photo: Getty Images)
Rachid Ghezzal will be a big scoop for Allardyce if it comes off (Photo: Getty Images)

Summer targets key to successful start

Allardyce will be able to work with his players from the start of pre-season, something which he didn’t have last season, but he also has the power of bringing players in this summer.

The Black Cats are linked heavily with Lyon winger Rachid Ghezzal, and Big Sam has openly admitted that he will be looking in Ligue 1 for more gems.

Wahbi Khazri was signed from Bordeaux and it has proven to be a stroke of genius, among centre-back Lamine Kone, who was brought in from Lorient.

Champions Leicester City, Southampton and Middlesbrough have been linked with Ghezzal, who is available on a free after his former club failed to agree a new contract with the winger.

DeAndre Yedlin will be playing in the Copa America for the United States (Photo: Getty Images)
DeAndre Yedlin will be playing in the Copa America for the United States (Photo: Getty Images)

Boss pleased with Yedlin’s season

Fabio Borini has recently been cut from Italy’s Euro 2016 squad, however, Emanuele Giaccherini is expected to be in the final 23, who are set to jet off to France this summer.

DeAndre Yedlin has linked up with the United States side, who are about to begin the Copa America next month, and Jurgen Klinsmann has been full of praise for his season.

He joined the Black Cats from Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan and after a shaky first-half to the season, Klinsmann has praised the defender for how much he has learned.

“I think for DeAndre, this was a big learning year and made him stronger, made him better and hopefully also more confident,” said the United States boss.

Klinsmann believes Yedlin couldn’t have “gone any better” as Sunderland survived relegation, and that will give him a “big confidence boost” ahead of the Copa America.