Sunderland boss Steve Bruce admits shaking up his midfield was a big call.
"I'm paid to make big decisions and Lee Cattermole and Jack Colback can feel hard done by because they have both contributed in their own way," said Bruce.
"Vaughany keeps us ticking over in the middle of the pitch. He keeps the ball very, very well as we saw when he was with Blackpool last year.
"Against Stoke I knew that would be vitally important. He had a very good debut."