Martin O’Neill has demanded improvement from his superstar forward Stephane Sessegnon, after Benin international’s under-whelming start to the season.
Sunderland’s player of the season last year has looked lethargic and ineffective so far, in stark contrast to his dynamic intuition throughout last term.
Sessegnon missed all of pre-season with injury and is perhaps still rediscovering his sharpness, but nonetheless O’Neill has been disappointed with the forward who recently penned a new lucrative contract extension.
The Ulsterman told The Mirror, “With Stephane it’s just not happening at the moment. Some things you can put down to lack of fitness, other things you can put down to not brilliant play, really.
“Some of the things that you expect of him, like being able to keep the ball, not giving it away early in the game, wouldn’t have anything to do with fitness.
“So he just needs to be sharper in every aspect, sharper in fitness and sharper in the brain, because we know what he is capable of doing.
“I will try this week to leave out the lack of pre-season excuse, but he hasn’t had much either. At some stage, even I could get fit after that. But I’ll use it once more.”