David Moyes is already pleased with the impact new signing Joleon Lescott is having within the club, despite the fact that the previously free agent was only bought to provide cover for the first team.
The 34-year old centre back was the first of Moyes' three January window signings, with the manager and player well acquainted from their time together at Everton.
Proving Moyes' favour towards working with former players, Lescott is the eighth ex-Man United or Everton player he has signed since taking over at the Black Cats.
Sunderland fans may have felt underwhelmed by the signing of the ex-Aston Villa man but their manager begs to differ, as he believes Lescott can play a pivotal role in their desperate bid to avoid relegation to the Championship.
“He can organise, speak, and tell people where to go, which is maybe something we lacked a little bit at times," Moyes told the Sunderland Echo.
“Joleon’s had a massive impact on the dressing room because he’s a leader, a really good organiser when he’s on the pitch. He’s an experienced player, he knows a lot of them as well and he’s had a big impact on the dressing room.
“That, in itself, is important. Sometimes it’s off the field where you see the impact, not on it.”
Prior to making his debut for Sunderland, coming off the bench in their 4-0 win at Selhurst Park, Lescott hadn't made a competitive appearance in English football since Aston Villa were relegated to the Championship in May 2016.
Despite his lack of game time, Moyes believes his new signing is more than capable of doing a job when called upon.
“I’ve brought him in as cover and I’ve told people that. We needed that at Selhurst Park, and if John O’Shea doesn’t make it for a game, we know we can use him," Moyes added.
“I think if we had to put Joleon in for 90 minutes he’d be okay, but Joleon’s been out of training a little bit.”