Joe Owens: Jeremain Lens signing a real coup for Sunderland

Jeremain Lens in action for Holland

Jeremain Lens in action for Holland

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Sunderland have kicked off their campaign full of positives and negatives.

The fact that the Black Cats have started their season with two defeats against a low standard of opposition is something that will not please Dick Advocaat.

However with new boys Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul joining up with the squad this past week, the red and white army’s followers in America may forgive themselves for thinking that the squad will perform to a much higher standard against Toronto.

Sunderland fans will already know a fair amount about Kaboul – however Jeremain Lens is possibly a calibre of signing that Sunderland fans would not have expected to see this summer.

Lens scored five times and created another five assists to help the Netherlands qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they finished third.

He is known for his pace more than anything, which is something Sunderland have been missing for countless years now. Lens is leaving a side which last season secured the Ukrainian domestic double with the fee believed to be around £8.5m.

One main reason reported as to why Lens decided to join Sunderland is the head coach having worked alongside Dick Advocaat at PSV and AZ.

Lens is a player who could really help Sunderland kick on this season and this time last season, if someone had said Sunderland will have a prolific goalscorer in Defoe and a pacy, tricky and creative wide man in Lens, they would have been laughed out of town.

* This article was sent into the Echo by a reader for our Black Cats eight-page supplement, titled The Roar! - which will be in the paper every Wednesday.

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