Profile: Everything you need to know about Jeremain Lens ahead of Sunderland debut

Sunderland's Jeremain Lens in action for Holland
Sunderland's Jeremain Lens in action for Holland
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Jeremain Lens is set for his Sunderland debut in the final match of the tour of North America.

Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland side take on Toronto in the early hours of Thursday morning before flying back to the UK later this week.

And Lens is set for his debut.

We take an in-depth look at the new signing following his £8m move from Dynamo Kiev.

1 - Lens can play either on the wing or as a forward. He began his career as a striker before being asked to play on the flanks for former club PSV Eindhoven.

2 - The Dutchman has a good relationship with fellow countryman Dick Advocaat having worked with him at both PSV and AZ Alkmaar.

3 - Although he now plays for the Netherlands, Lens started his international career playing for South Americans Suriname before transferring his allegiance.

4 - The exciting forward has joined Sunderland for £8 million, putting him joint-seventh - with Anton Ferdinand - in the club’s record transfer fees.

5 - The 27-year-old helped Dynamo Kiev to the League title last season, scoring 10 goals in the process as the side remained unbeaten.

6 - Lens was a key player in Holland’s 2014 World Cup Qualifying, scoring five goals in nine games.

7 - The ex-PSV man is well known for his pace; on signing, Advocaat said: “He is fast and has scored goals everywhere he has played.”

8 - Kiev reached the Europa League quarter-finals last season, but Lens was sent off for two yellows in the second-leg defeat to Fiorentina.

9 - Sunderland’s new signing made four appearances at last summer’s World Cup, winning three as Holland finished in third-place.

10 - Lens has signed a four-year deal for Dick Advocaat’s side and could be a key player this year as Sunderland look to improve on their 16th-place finish last time out.

As the only journalist from the North East following the club overseas, our SAFC reporter Chris Young has been bringing you all the latest on new signings, what we can learn from the friendly games and updates from head coach Dick Advocaat and his squad.

He will also be live blogging the matches and hosting live Q&As on the Sunderland Echo site which can be accessed by clicking here.