NEW boy Sebastian Coates says Sunderland’s South American contingent can help each other thrive at the Stadium of Light.
On-loan Liverpool defender Coates is likely to make his Sunderland debut in tonight’s Capital One Cup third round clash visit of Stoke City, with Gus Poyet keen to get his fellow Uruguayan involved in competitive action.
Coates could be joined in the starting XI by Argentine pair Santiago Vergini and Ricky Alvarez, providing the latter recovers from the knock he suffered in training last week which kept him sidelined for Saturday’s stalemate at Burnley.
And Coates believing having that trio of South Americans – plus a Uruguayan manager – is a help both on and off the pitch, with neither Vergini or Alvarez proficient in English at the minute.
“For me, it’s really good to have a South American manager and for himm too,” he told the Echo.
“We have Santi and Ricky here as well. They’re in the same position.
“Sometimes, I’m having to be the translator, particularly for Ricky because he doesn’t speak any English.
“It’s been hard for Ricky going straight in because he’s come from Italian football and it’s not like in England at all.
“But I think he did well on his debut and played well. He’s a great player, so he will be ready for the Premier League I’m sure.”
Either John O’Shea or Wes Brown is likely to make way for Coates tonight, with Poyet aware that Sunderland have to be careful with the former Manchester United pair.
But Coates believes having the two veterans to help guide him is a huge boost after playing alongside similarly seasoned defensive partners at Liverpool.
“They have both played at Man U and for me that’s a great experience after playing with (Jamie) Carragher, (Daniel) Agger and (Martin) Skrtel (at Liverpool)” added the 23-yearp-0ld.
“Now I’m with John and Wes. For me, that’s really good.
“Maybe the cup game will be a good chance for me.
“But you never know. You must train hard every day to be ready for the game.”