Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has been explaining why his substitutes hold the key to their survival this season.
The Black Cats’ injury problems have eased of late and Jermain Lens is expected to be fit in time for the next game which is the Tyne-Wear derby a week on Sunday and he will join Younes Kaboul and Seb Larsson who have also recently returned from injury.
Allardyce says the more options he has off the bench the better it will be for the side as they look to drag themselves away from the bottom three in the Premier League.
Â“Our injury record has been very good on the basis of what we have changed,Â” Allardyce told the Echo.
Â“Hopefully it allows us to make substitutions which change the game.Â“Everyone talks these days about how strong your bench needs to be.
Â“The stronger your bench, the easier it is to make a decision to help the team.
Â“If you can keep everyone fit, it provides a challenge to all the other players who are in the starting XI.
Â“They know they need to play well because thereÂ’s another guy breathing down their neck.”