Louis Saha

Saha on Goodison return

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by Stuart Vose

Striker previews return to Merseyside.

Louis Saha says he’s relishing Saturday’s clash with in-form Everton – the club he departed at the start of 2012.

The Frenchman joined Spurs on a free transfer back in January after spending just over four years with the Toffees. 

We haven’t had many opportunities against us; it’s a matter of creating and scoring goals and stop maybe thinking so much. You have to be calm and that comes with hard work, for sure.

- Louis Saha

Saha, who arrived at Sunderland during the summer transfer window, was a popular figure on Merseyside, scoring 35 goals in 115 appearances.

But he will be donning Sunderland colours rather than the blue of Everton this weekend as the Black Cats look for a first win at Goodison Park since 1996.

“I think it is going to be a really good game to play in,” said Saha. “Everton are a team in form.

“It’s nice to see them doing well but obviously we need the three points. We will have to start very brightly to get the result we want.

“If you’re playing well against a team in form, that gives you the confidence you are looking for.

“Everton is definitely a very tough place to go and it will be a hard game between two physical teams trying to get the result.”

Everton have enjoyed an excellent start to the season and currently occupy a top-four spot with 17 points from their first 10 games.

David Moyes’ side have been traditionally slow starters over recent seasons but have flown out of the blocks this time, winning four games, drawing five and losing just once.

Boss Moyes has been quoted as saying the current squad is his best ever and Saha says the group of players takes its lead from the manager.

“David Moyes is a very ambitious manager who wants to win and wants to improve,” he explained.

“He wants the right spirit for his club and I think that has showed over the last few seasons.

“They have started this campaign well and that is a real boost for them.

“Everton is a great club and really enjoyed my time there. It will be special to come back and try to win.”

Sunderland head to Merseyside looking for their first away league win of the season.

The two sides met four times in 2011-12, with Saha playing for Everton against the Black Cats in a 1-1 draw on Wearside on Boxing Day 2011.

Asked if he’d be passing on any tips, the forward explained that his primary focus will be on mental preparation rather than tactical pointers.

“It’s more about advising to make sure everyone is really bright,” he said.

“The way Everton come into games means will have to be ready and accept the fight.

“I don’t think we are playing badly; things are going our way.

“We haven’t had many opportunities against us; it’s a matter of creating and scoring goals and stop maybe thinking so much.

“You have to be calm and that comes with hard work, for sure.”