PAOLO DI CANIO realises that some of his new signings will take longer than others to settle at Sunderland.
Four of Sunderland’s summer arrivals – Jozy Altidore, Emanuele Giaccherini, Vito Mannone and Cabral – started both of the Black Cats’ encounters in the Barclays Asia Trophy, with David Moberg Karlsson also impressing from the substitute’s bench.
But of their fellow new boys, Modibo Diakite didn’t travel to Hong Kong due to injury, El-Hadji Ba gave away a penalty in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City and Valentin Roberge played just three minutes of the two games in the Far East.
Di Canio is not concerned though and says it is not easy to adapt to both his regime and playing in a different country.
“Some of the players come from abroad, Giaccherini for example,” said Di Canio.
“I’m very happy with him.
“He understands my philosophy straightaway.
“Some others may take a bit more time, but it’s not an issue.
“Saturday was only the second real test for us after 23 days together.
“Some of them have suffered during our pre-season, because as they told me, it’s never happened to them.
“They’ve ran a lot and done double sessions every day.”
Di Canio also acknowledges there will be set-backs during his attempts to revolutionise Sunderland’s prospects with a new-look squad.
But the Italian insists he is encouraged by the pre-season signs from his side and is confident of what lies ahead for the Black Cats.
When asked whether he was optimistic for the new campaign, Di Canio replied: “Absolutely yes.
“We’re in the process of trying to understand each other and some players still don’t completely understand what I want from him, in terms of attitude.
“Everybody has got his own way to approach the game.
“But we still have a long time.
“Sometimes, even with top players, you know they’re never going to change their mentality into a different culture.
“I know that in this process you can have ups and downs, so it’s important that we realise and understand that.”