Sunderland boss O'Neill admits Saha frustrated

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill admits Louis Saha is unsettled.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill admits Louis Saha is unsettled.

O’Neill is relatively relaxed about the free transfer’s impact – or lack of it – but admits the player has found it hard to take.

He said: “I think Louis has been a bit disappointed. When he first came, I told him I wasn’t expecting miracles of him. He’d done no pre-season training but I was hoping, over a period of time, he would make an impact.

“There was talk about us being interested in Bolton Wanderers’ Kevin Davies last season, and I thought he might have been able to come in and do a half-decent job himself, but also help improve the young centre-forwards like Connor Wickham.

“It’s been really tough for Louis. In training, in the small-sided games, he’s been absolutely terrific.

“He’s a bit disappointed he hasn’t been able to take that on to the field."

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