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Louis a happy man

by Stuart Vose

Striker impressed with quality.

Louis Saha is delighted with his first few weeks at Sunderland.

The French striker, who joined the club last month, has made substitute appearances in each of the Black Cats’ first three games.

Sunderland are undefeated during that spell and have conceded just two goals.

Meanwhile they’ve scored four of their own to head into this weekend’s international break in good spirits.

Saha says Sunderland’s summer transfer business has underlined Martin O’Neill’s desire to play an attractive passing game, and that’s something he’s relishing being a part of.

“We have good players here and not only the strikers can score goals,” he said.

“There is quality in the side and I am very happy to be part of such an enjoyable way to play football.

“It’s great to be here. In the manager’s mind I think he can see clearly that he wants nice football and to see the players enjoying themselves.”

He added: “The team spirit is there and we have players like Lee Cattermole to make sure the balance is right. It’s a good set-up.

“We have a good team and can look for good things this season. I’m pretty sure that at the end of the day we are going to be happy.”

Twelve members of Sunderland’s playing staff headed out to link up with their respective national squads ahead of this weekend’s international fixtures.

The players still on Wearside, including Saha, will have to wait another week until the next domestic game, against Liverpool at the Stadium of Light.

And while Saha is itching to get back in action, he says the extra time will allow several players the chance to edge closer to 100% condition.

“It’s a bit stop and start at the moment [with the international break], but the lads are concentrating,” he said.

“This is a good opportunity for some players to get some fitness.

“We have the chance to work really hard to make sure that when the Barclays Premier League kicks in again next week we are ready and at full fitness.”