Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul is looking forward to facing his former club Tottenham this weekend.
Dick Advocaat’s Black Cats side, who have failed to win any of their Premier League games so far this term, play Spurs at the Stadium of Light on Sunday lunchtime and Kaboul, who featured in 89 league matches for the side from the capital before moving to Wearside in a £3million deal in July, can’t wait for the game to start.
“Like any game, it’s no different for me,” said the 29-year-old Frenchman. “I would play that game to win it.
“We got some stick after our first two games but we reacted quite well, so now we need to win a game to really start building momentum.”
Sunderland are 4.20 to win the match while Spurs can be backed at 1.91 and the draw is 3.50.
Meanwhile, Advocaat is hoping to offload some of his fringe first-team players now that the emergency loan window for Football League clubs has opened.
The Black Cats boss is keen to send Will Buckley, Liam Bridcutt, Valentin Roberge and Charis Mavrias out on loan rather than some of the club’s younger stars like Tommy Robson and Mikael Mandron.
Several Championship sides expressed interest in signing the former Brighton duo Buckley and Bridcutt over the summer, although their wages proved to be a stumbling block in any transfer being finalised.
However, Advocaat is hopeful that he will be able to prune his squad in the next few weeks.