Yann M’Vila - I’m only going to get better for Sunderland, even if goals are rare

Jeremain Lens celebrates with Yann M'Vila after his goal for Sunderland against Aston Villa. Picture by FRANK REID
Jeremain Lens celebrates with Yann M'Vila after his goal for Sunderland against Aston Villa. Picture by FRANK REID
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Yann M’Vila insists there is plenty more to come from him, even if his goalscoring feats prove to be a rare occurrence.

M’Vila has been an instant hit in Sunderland’s midfield since arriving from Russian side Rubin Kazan, with the French international again catching the eye in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Aston Villa.

In 150 matches in France, I only scored three goals, which is not a lot!

Yann M’Vila

The 25-year-old joked afterwards that supporters shouldn’t expect to see a flurry of goals along the lines of his sublime free-kick which opened the scoring at Villa Park after that was only the FOURTH time in his senior career that he has found the net.

But M’Vila believes his general play is only going to get better when his fitness levels reach their maximum, as he continues to knock off the rust from a seven-month spell without a competitive game.

He told the Echo: “I’m happy and satisfied with my first four matches.

“But I still don’t think I’m 100 per cent.

“I’m still feeling a bit breathless in the last few minutes.

“I don’t think it will take long for me to get there though.

“No, no, I don’t score a lot of goals!

“In 150 matches in France, I only scored three goals, which is not a lot!

“So I’m happy after only four games for Sunderland that I’ve already scored.

“Hopefully that continues.

“It’s very rare for me though.”

M’Vila was not the only summer signing to impress in a topsy-turvy encounter at Villa, with fellow new boys Ola Toivonen and Jeremain Lens combining for Sunderland’s second half equaliser.

Toivonen and M’Vila are both former Rennes midfielders, and although their paths never crossed in France, the latter is well aware of what the Swedish international will offer after penning a season-long loan last week.

“I’ve already watched him because he moved to Rennes, and I obviously follow that club because that’s where I started,” said M’Vila.

“He’s a very good player, and you saw that with the pass for Lens.

“I think he will help us a lot.

“He gives us a lot more in the final third than the other midfielders.

“He can keep hold of the ball and he has the good vision to find a team-mate.

“He’s quite quick too, so I think he’ll be a very good signing for us.”

Toivonen’s introduction at half-time sparked an improvement from Sunderland after their defensive vulnerability was again exposed, as Villa wiped out M’Vila’s goal to take a 2-1 lead into the interval.

“I think it was a good point, because at half-time, we were frustrated and we spoke about that,” added M’Vila.

“But we were more motivated and came back to get Sunderland a point.

“We tried to change a few things at half-time, particularly in midfield – Toivonen came on to play in that 10 position.

“It was better, and we scored an equaliser.”