Craig Gardner reassures SAFC supporters

CRAIG Gardner says fans should start to see the real Sunderland over the next few weeks, as Steve Bruce’s overhauled squad finally begins to find its feet.

It has been a lacklustre start to the season so far for the Black Cats, who go into this weekend’s game against Champions League Chelsea still searching for their first win of the campaign.

Premier League games against Liverpool, Newcastle United and Swansea City and a Carling Cup tie against Brighton & Hove Albion all failed to bring supporters a victory to celebrate.

But Gardner reckons that now the transfer window is closed and squads settle, the true value of Sunderland’s work over the summer will start to emerge.

He told SportMail: “The start of the season is always a bit of a strange time for clubs because it takes time to get into your stride and teams tend to go out, do their best and see what happens.

“Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t and that’s why you see some pretty odd results early on.

“It usually takes three of four weeks for sides to find their pattern and with so many changes to Sunderland’s squad, that’s our challenge.

“But the one thing I’m very confident of it is the quality of players we have in our squad.

“I come in I train with them and I see their ability and that’s what gives me confidence that we’ll go on to have a successful season.”

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