EIGHT-GOAL Seb Larsson has still not given up hopes of breaking into double figures before the end of the season.
The Swedish international is currently joint-top scorer at Sunderland with Stephane Sessegnon.
He is also one of three players at the club – Nicklas Bendtner is the other – who has seven league goals for the Black Cats.
But the winger would love to reach double figures for the first time in his career by the end of the season and with four games still remaining, starting with Aston Villa today, is not ruling it out.
He told the Echo: “In the first half of the season I managed to get on the scoresheet quite a lot, starting with the first game of the season and 10 goals was definitely looking on.
“But then it went a little quiet for a while, which I was disappointed with.
“I got back to scoring, though, against Manchester City with a couple of goals at the Etihad last month and hopefully, I can now finish the season strongly.
“I always want to get on the scoresheet and I’ll try to get to double figures – it gives me something to aim at.
“I’ll try to get in good positions, but I know it won’t be easy.
“I was just delighted to get two goals to get me going again last month and hopefully I can push on in the last few matches.”
The 26-year-old’s best season so far in terms of goals scored was 2006-07 when he notched nine for Birmingham City in what turned out to be a promotion-winning season for the Blues.
His current return is his best so far in the Premier League, but although he would love to hit the double-figure mark, he says finishing as Sunderland’s top scorer is not something that motivates him.
“Going for double figures is a good personal target for me, but I’d be more than happy, probably happier, for the strikers to get to double figures too and finish with more than me.
“The strikers’ game is more about goals than midfielders and it would be good for them to be able to finish the season well and get a few more.
“We’ve been unlucky in front of goal on quite a few occasions this season and it would be nice to have a game or two where everything flies in.”