Dick Advocaat will not attempt to suddenly tame Yann M’Vila, despite the midfielder’s hugely impressive start to his Sunderland career.
M’Vila has been the pick of Sunderland’s summer signings so far with the French international instantly adapting to Premier League football, despite seven months without a competitive game.
Roy Keane and Patrick Viera were the same. You can’t change them, but M’Vila is a good player for us.
The on-loan Rubin Kazan man – who has a clause in his contract to join Sunderland permanently next summer – was tracked by a host of European heavyweights including Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona during his days at boyhood club Rennes.
But a series of on and off-the-field disciplinary problems with Rennes, internationally with France and in Russia have marred M’Vila’s developments over the last two or three years, while he was sent off for a headbutt during his maiden appearance in a red and white shirt for Sunderland Under-21s.
Sunderland boss Advocaat believes there will always be an edge to M’Vila’s game after a tough upbringing in Paris, yet he is encouraged to see that he has only witnessed the 25-year-old’s quality on the ball during his Premier League appearance.
Advocaat said: “He can control the game and he is a passer with great vision.
“I haven’t seen that temper in our games so far.
“He’s from the street. If something happens on the street, everybody helps each other. Everybody fights.
“That’s the way it is, although of course you can’t do that on the pitch.
“Roy Keane and Patrick Viera were the same. You can’t change them, but M’Vila is a good player for us.
“I only see the games he’s playing and he needs a little bit more (fitness-wise).
“But he’s been a really good addition to the squad.”
The introduction of summer signings M’Vila and Ola Toivonen, coupled with the return to fitness of Jordi Gomez, has given Sunderland’s midfield a completely different complexion.
Lee Cattermole, Seb Larsson and Jack Rodwell – who all started the opening game of the season at Leicester City – all found themselves on the bench against Spurs last weekend and are not expected to be in the starting XI at Bournemouth today.
And Advocaat admits that his overhaul has been done with a view to giving Sunderland more control of the ball in the middle of the park.
“The organisation of the defence is better because we have players in the team now who can handle the ball well,” added Advocaat.
“They control the ball and they don’t panic.
“Jordi Gomez always knows how to take care of the ball. Others don’t know always know, but he does, exactly.
“Sometimes it’s too slow (with Gomez) but I don’t know if we can change that.”