JACK Colback says Sunderland have to get Stephane Sessegnon into games more if they are to see the best of the club’s current Player of the Season, writes GRAEME ANDERSON.
After what has been an unimpressive start to the season for the Benin international, Sessegnon showed the sort of quality he is capable of in flashes at Manchester City on Saturday.
But it was nowhere near enough to make a difference and Colback (pictured) says his team-mates have to take as much responsibility for that as the player himself.
“Sess was magnificent last year,” said the young midfielder. “I thought, for a lot of the season, he carried us a bit, if I’m honest.
“On his day he is a fantastic player, something he has shown for us lots of times.
“We just need to get him in the game a bit more – and not just him.
“We need to get more of the ball to Steven Fletcher, James McClean and Adam Johnson so we can use the threatening part of our game a bit more.
“We haven’t done that enough.
“It’s everyone’s responsibility to feed the ball into Stephane.
“He gets himself out of impossible situations sometimes when you don’t expect him to get out, but we need to give him better service so he can go on to make things happen.”
Colback cut a frustrated figure at times during Saturday’s game as he worked hard to get Sunderland into the game.
He was also understandably dejected in the tunnel afterwards, but keen to stress that the disappointing defeat should not distract from the fact Sunderland have made a pretty solid start to the season.
“We’ve only lost once, so that’s not bad,” he said.
“We had three away games right at the start and took points from all of them, although we did take the lead in all of them and only took a point.
“That’s why I think we’re a little disappointed with the way things have gone in terms of drawing matches.
“But it has been an OK start to the season and the boys are still upbeat.”