Jeremain Lens: Dick Advocaat reunion at Sunderland a boost

Jeremain Lens
Jeremain Lens played under Dick Advocaat at AZ and PSV in the Netherlands

Sunderland midfielder Jeremain Lens believes his reunion with head coach Dick Advocaat will help him establish himself as Premier League player.

Lens, 27, joined up with Advocaat at the Stadium of Light, having previously worked with the coach at Dutch clubs AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven.

He has scored one goal in his two friendly appearances for the Black Cats during pre-season.

"I like the way he wants to play," Lens told BBC Newcastle.

"I can improve my qualities and show how it is to play in the Premier League.

"I have a good feeling with this coach and I believe we can achieve a good ranking in the league."

Lens has also been reunited with cousin Patrick Van Aanholt, which has also eased his transition into the side.

"It wasn't a main reason but it makes it easy that there are Dutch players and a coach around you," Lens added.

Jeremain Lens
Jeremain Lens was a key player for Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup.

"It made it an easier decision to come. I know already what it's like to be in a new situation and I speak English so I understand most of the people and make myself clear."

The Netherlands international, who played at the 2014 World Cup, has arrived with a reputation for goalscoring from wide midfield.

He netted 34 goals in 96 games while at PSV, and 10 in 49 games for Kiev, as well as providing 14 assists.

That pedigree could be useful for a Sunderland side who scored a joint second-lowest 31 goals in 38 top flight games in 2014-15.

"My stats show I have a lot of assists and I create a lot of chances," Lens

"I can also score goals and if I'm in a good position I will try to score. If a player is in a better position it doesn't matter who scores."