O’Neill will bring best out of me at Sunderland, says Saha

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LOUIS SAHA is confident Martin O’Neill will get the best out of him to ease Sunderland’s problems in front of goal.

Bosman arrival Saha met the press for the first time at the Academy of Light today after penning a one-year contract with the Black Cats last week.

Saha’s signing was the first step in O’Neill’s attempts to boost Sunderland’s depleted forward options after the Wearsiders notched just three times in the final seven games of last season and again drew a blank in the opening game of this campaign at Arsenal last weekend.

Although Sunderland boss O’Neill is keen to recruit another frontman, Saha is eager to stake his claim after netting 84 Premier League goals during stints with Fulham, Manchester United, Everton and Spurs.

Saha, who was freed by Spurs in the summer, said today: “The manager is more experienced than me and he will decide and make sure I get a good share of games and help the side.

“I’m not going to be an unhappy player if I don’t play every week but I’m a competitor who wants to play and score goals and help my team-mates.

“I did okay at Tottenham and at Everton as well.

“I worked really hard to score goals and make sure I helped my team-mates. I felt I did that.

“Naturally you’re aware of the need for goals, but Sunderland are a really hard team to play against, especially at home.

“They press really high and make sure the opposition struggle to get their composure. That’s what I remember going to the Stadium of Light in the past.”

Saha made his debut as a second half substitute against the Gunners on Saturday, in his second spell in the North East after a five-month loan spell with Newcastle in 1999.

The 20-time French international added: “It was 13 years ago which doesn’t make me feel any younger!

“I’ve just arrived, but it was a great result at the weekend and I’m really enjoying it here.

“The Stadium of Light is a special atmosphere, one of the loudest because the fans are so passionate. The North East is a lovely area. I never seem to see any grumpy people and it’s a great place to be a footballer.”