John O’Shea believes Sunderland are well-placed to move quickly in the transfer market thanks to new manager David Moyes’ vast experience.
The former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad boss has been in the job less than a week.
But with the new Premier League season starting two weeks today, the club has no choice but to act fast.
Work continues behind the scenes, with chief executive Martin Bain over in France with the squad, but new faces are yet to arrive.
West Ham striker Diafra Sakho and ex-loanee Yann M’Vila remain targets, while Manchester United striker Will Keane and winger Adnan Januzaj have also been linked.
Club captain O’Shea, though, is confident Sunderland have the right man at the helm to secure the best transfer business – quickly.
“David Moyes’ record in the Premier League speaks for itself,” said the Republic of Ireland international.
“The amount of wins he has had in his Premier League career is very impressive, and hopefully we can carry that forward with him.
“We know we have a lot of hard work to do, it’s another new manager coming in with fresh ideas, and he wants to get those ideas across to us as quickly as possible.
“Hopefully, we will have some familiar faces returning to us for next season, and some new faces too, and we can keep hold of everyone that is here already.
“Those are the important things over the next few weeks.
“But the manager has fantastic experience of getting things done in the transfer market, and hopefully we can get them done quickly.”
Sunderland benefited from Sam Allardyce’s experience in the January window, with Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri and Jan Kirchhoff helping the club to stay up.
O’Shea has wished Allardyce well after he secured the England job.
“It’s going to be tough because we have a new manager, and everybody had just got used to the previous gaffer,” added the 35-year-old.
“But he (Allardyce) was offered a job he had to take really.
“Thinking of the candidates that were being talked about, he was definitely towards the front of the queue.
“So best of luck to him, and we have to thank him for what he did for us.
“It’s amazing how quickly things change – this time last year he was out of a job, then he came to Sunderland, and now he is the England manager.”
O’Shea and Seb Larsson missed Sunderland’s opening four games of pre-season due to an extended break after Euro 2016.
Both were due to feature today against Montpellier HSC (5pm kick-off UK time), the final match of the tour of France, at the Stade Jacques Forestier, in Aix-les-Bains.
“We’re still in pretty good shape because we’ve been at the Euros.
“Myself and Seb have been doing extra work after the main sessions, and some individual sessions, to bring us up to speed.
“Then next week is crucial for all of us, especially with the new manager on board, to get an understanding of his ideas before the game against Borussia Dortmund next Friday.
“Ultimately, though, physically and mentally we will be ready for the start of the season.”