Asia Trophy Games Show How Di Canio’s Sunderland Will Play

Stephane SessegnonTo say it has been revolution rather than evolution at the Stadium of Light this summer would be somewhat of an understatement.

Plenty of players have left, almost a score have come in, and there are many more changes expected before the transfer window shuts on September 2.

Director of football Roberto de Fanti and chief scout Valentino Angelino have been hoping to unearth gems on the Continent, with many pundits expecting Sunderland to struggle this season.

A huge boost has been the news that the talented Stephane Sessegnon has declared himself “happy” at the Stadium of Light, despite rumours over each of the past two summers linking him with a move away back to France.

From their two games in this week’s Barclays Asia Trophy against Tottenham and Manchester City, an emphasis has been on quick attacking breaks, constant pressing, and a concerted attempt not to play the ball long.

Encouraging displays from new signings Cabral, David Moberg Karlsson and Emanuele Giaccherini have given the impression that with just further one pre-season game announced against FC Midtjylland in Denmark next week,┬áit won’t just be Sunderland fans eager to see how the Di Canio regime begins in full on August 17 against Martin Jol’s Fulham.

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