The Cape Verde international admits his big day will turn sour unless he can help Sunderland mark the occasion with a win.
“It’s a special game for me because this is the league that I’ve wanted to play in,” he told the Evening Chronicle.
“Playing in the Premier League has been my objective as a footballer.
“Now I just hope I can make a good debut and get a win to begin the season well.
“It’s perfect to begin at the Stadium of Light, but only if we win.”
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