JORDAN Henderson says there’s a fresh buzz in Sunderland’s training camp after a week’s break from Premier League duties.
And he hopes that renewed enthusiasm translates into a return to the club’s best form over the next few weeks.
The Black Cats go into this Saturday’s game at Everton on the back of three straight defeats, but the young England midfielder hopes a new focus will help spark an upturn.
“I think it’s been a really good break for everyone, now we’re looking forward to being back,” said Henderson (pictured).
“Everyone’s been lively in training and we cannot wait for Saturday.
“We just want to concentrate on the future.
“The first thing is the Everton game and hopefully we can do well.” Manager Steve Bruce’s hand will be strengthened over the next few weeks as some key first-team players return from injury.
But Henderson does not subscribe to the idea that Sunderland have to tread water until their return and he also reckons that fatigue among the players who have been playing regularly will not be a factor either.
“I don’t think it’s a case of hanging in there waiting for players to get fit again,” he said. “We’ve got enough quality players in the team to go and get some good results against some good sides.
“We’ve played well against the top teams and hopefully, in the next four or five games, we can do that again.
“Personally, I didn’t feel as though I needed a rest.
“I felt OK, my stats were up to what they had been all season, so I wasn’t really worried about being tired.
“I just wanted to get out there.
“Possibly in the last couple of games I didn’t play as well as I could have. But I’m just going to concentrate on the next three games now and try to take it to the level where I was at before.
“I just love playing football, so I want to play as many games as I can.”