Lee Cattermole admits he is going to have to “adapt” his game to suit Dick Advocaat’s new-look Sunderland after a “disappointing” start to the season.
The 27-year-old was dropped for last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur after a poor start to the Premier League season.
Cattermole penned a new long-term contract in the summer but by his own admission, the no-nonsense midfielder says he has to look at his own game.
Advocaat opted for Jordi Gomez and Yann M’Vila in the central midfield positions last week, with Cattermole facing a battle to reclaim his place.
Cattermole said: “On a personal note I have been disappointed by my start to the season.
“I have been a bit in and out and haven’t really got my season going, but I’m confident I will and I firmly believe I still have a big part to play so I will keep my head down and keep working hard.
“There have been changes in the team and changes in the formation so there are new things for me to think about. These things happen and it is part of the game.
“I have spent a lot of time playing in front of the back four and if we aren’t going to play that way I need to look at my game and adapt into the system the manager wants.
“I’m confident that when I get a chance I will take it,” added Cattermole.
The Black Cats face Bournemouth this afternoon at Dean Court (KO 3pm) and Cattermole is hoping the Black Cats can secure their first league win, to bring a “calmness” to their game.
The tough tackling midfielder added: “We can’t give them anything which will build their confidence and breed momentum and we need to start well.
“I think the first win will add a calmness to our game so if we can get it this weekend it will stand us in good stead.
“Sometimes you have to be patient and bring teams on to you before using the pace we have in the team, but before you get that first win on the board things can be a bit frantic because everyone is pushing and pushing for that first victory.
“We have three or four big games before the international break but I’m confident that if we approach them in the right manner the points will come,” added Cattermole to the club’s website.