Sunderland’s Seb Larsson eyes central role

Seb Larsson
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SEB LARSSON wants to remain in a central midfield role after being forced inside by the arrival of Adam Johnson.

Larsson made 31 of his 39 appearances for Sunderland last season on the right flank after predominantly figuring there for previous club Birmingham City.

But the Swedish international has been deployed in central midfield for all three of Sunderland’s outings so far this season.

Although Martin O’Neill’s five-man midfield system at Arsenal somewhat forced his hand on the opening day, the £10million capture of Johnson has seen Larsson remain alongside Lee Cattermole in the middle of the park for the subsequent two games.

But far from being disheartened at moving positions, Larsson insists he is keen to continue developing in his new environment.

Larsson (left) told the Echo: “I’ve really enjoyed it there.

“All three games so far I’ve featured there, the two Premier League games and in the cup.

“It just takes a bit of getting used to. I played there a lot when I was younger.

“But it’s a position that I will hopefully play a lot more. I think it can be fun.

“There’s a bit to learn about positioning and when to hold it a bit more rather than going forward.

“I’d like to see myself as being able to dictate the play rather than bombing on all the time.”

All that has been missing for Larsson is a Premier League victory after Sunderland secured away day draws at Swansea and Arsenal.

But the 27-year-old has still been encouraged by Sunderland’s start despite twice surrendering the lead at unbeaten Swansea.

Larsson is confident of what lies ahead for O’Neill’s side, who recommence their league programme against Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on Saturday tea-time.

“It’s been a good start, even though the performance wasn’t great at Swansea,” he added.

“We’ve still come away with two draws away from home. I’m sure it’s going to be a good season.

“The buzz around the place is brilliant now. But we came into the dressing room after Swansea really disappointed which shows you what we want to do this season.

“There’s not a lot of teams that will go to Swansea and win.

“We’ve got a strong team, a strong squad and it should be fun.”