Sunderland defender John O'Shea is pleased with the new players Paolo Di Canio has brought to the squad, and believes it will help steer them clear from the drop next season.

The Black Cats have been the most active Premier League club in the summer transfer window having added eight new players to the squad.

Sunderland have already signed Cabral, Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Emanuele Giaccherini, Jozy Altidore, El-Hadji Ba, David Moberg Karlsson and Vito Mannone this summer. 

Di Canio is keen to imprint his own philosophy and playing style on a Sunderland team that lacked any real spark and creativity under Martin O'Neil last season.

O'Shea who is captaining the Sunderland team during their pre-season tour of Hong Kong, is hopeful the more players fighting for each position the more it will improve their desire and hunger, ultimately resulting in them steering clear of a relegation dogfight.

The Republic Of Ireland international said: “It (competition) has increased from last season and hopefully we are looking to be nowhere near last season’s position and to make sure we are comfortably surviving in the Premier League.

“We hope the new lads settle in very quickly because the start of the season soon comes round.”

Sunderland face a tough game against Tottenham on Wednesday in the Barclays Asia trophy and O'Shea is excited for the test against Spurs. O'Shea added: “Tottenham will be a fantastic test. We had a couple of good games against them last season, especially the final match of the season where it was 0-0 until a certain Mr Bale intervened in the last couple of minutes!

“It will be a good test to see where we are fitness-wise but it will be good to get to see some fans out in Hong Kong too.

“We hope to put on a good show for these fans who cannot come over to see the Premier League.”


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