Stephane Sessegnon has praised the arrivals brought in by new manager Paolo Di Canio this summer, saying that the competition for places can only be a good thing for a squad with their eyes firmly fixed on looking up the table.
Last season, Sunderland finished 17th, but the late acquisition of the Italian gaffer seemingly gave the side a boost, saving them from potential relegation. And now the former Swindon boss is looking to strengthen his team further.
His summer spending spree has brought eight new players to the Stadium of Light, causing an increase of optimism around Wearside.
In an interview with the Sunderland Echo, Sessegnon spoke about the positive effects that a bigger squad can have.
"It's good for the team that we've got a variety of strikers. We need every player for the team. The more good players you have to help the team then the better it is for me, for everybody," he told the local newspaper.
The signing of Jozy Altidore could be a catalyst for his new teammates to up their game if they wish to remain in the starting lineup. Meanwhile, the return of Ji Dong-won and Steven Fletcher from loan and injury respectively, almost makes them seem like newly bought players.
The Scottish forward's comeback is especially encouraging, after he became the club's top scorer in his debut season last term.
And the former Burnley poacher's ability is revered by his fellow Sunderland squad mates.
The Benin international added: "It's important because Steven Fletcher is a good player. I don't know when he will be back, but every player is important for us. When Steven Fletcher is back, he'll be good."
With Connor Wickham also at their disposal, Sunderland could be a potent attacking threat in the Premier League this season.
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