Martin O’Neill backs January arrival to come good

Sunderland striker Danny GrahamSunderland manager Martin O’Neill is confident that Danny Graham will rediscover his goalscoring touch sooner rather than later.

The striker signed for the club from Swansea during January, and is still waiting for his first Premier League goal in the red and white shirt.

His poor form has coincided with a slump in results for the Black Cats, who have secured a meagre two points since the front-man’s £5m arrival.

The stats look even grimmer when compared to fellow forward Steven Fletcher, who bagged an impressive five goals in his first four games following signing with the club last summer.

However, O’Neill has backed Graham to return to his best and feels that infrequent playing time has been a major factor in his struggles:

“He hasn’t played that much for us. What Danny would have loved to have done is what Steven Fletcher did; come in, score goals immediately, win the fans over and play very well.” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“At the moment, both he and the side are coming to terms with a change of pattern of play, but I have got no problems that he will get some goals for us.”

But, the ex-Aston Villa boss believes that it could take some time for Graham to start firing on all cylinders, although he is confident that it will happen:

“Obviously, he would like to get them as soon as possible. But during the course of time – he will take a little time to settle in, but sometimes it happens.

“Steven Fletcher got off to a flier and has kept it going. Danny hasn’t been that lucky, but we will see. There’s time.”

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