DANNY Graham says he is benefiting from Paolo Di Canio’s attacking philosophy – and believes Sunderland fans will see the best of him in the next few weeks.
The £5m January transfer window signing produced his most convincing display so far for the Black Cats in the 3-0 battering of Newcastle at St James’s Park at the weekend.
And the striker believes that that effective individual display is only the start of the shape of things to come from him.
“I worked hard for the team against Newcastle and I was pleased with my performance,” he told SportMail.
“I didn’t get on the scoresheet but I think that was the best I’ve played in a Sunderland shirt.
“Of course I would have liked to have scored, but if ever a game was about the result, rather than individual glory, then the derby is it.
“It was a great team performance, a fantastic victory which has lifted everyone around the place, and that’s what counts.
“But it did my confidence a world of good too because we are very attack-minded now, and that suits my game.”
Di Canio has said Graham will enjoy playing under his management – the former West Ham, Lazio and Celtic striker pointing out: “Danny will get lots of chances between now and the end of the season if we play how I want us to play.”
And the 27-year-old Tynesider admits he’s looking forward to the games ahead and doing his best to implement the new head coach’s fresh approach.
He said: “The new gaffer has given us belief and a licence to attack – he wants us to be solid and always to keep our shape, but he also really wants us to go forward. And that’s great for someone like me.
“He was a striker himself and he scored a lot of goals – a lot of good goals at that – so we’ve got that on our side as forwards.
“He’s big on us getting bodies into the box to cause the opposition problems, and that is only going to benefit us in terms of getting goals.
“We’ve got four goals in his first two games in charge, so hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.”