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The Black Cats' skipper is excited by the experienced Frenchman's hold-up play and, after debuting from the bench against Arsenal, hopes he can make a big impact on Wearside

Sunderland captain Lee Catermole has praised new signing Louis Saha claiming he will be a huge asset to the side.

Saha joined the club last week following his release by Tottenham, making his debut off the bench in the Black Cats' 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Saturday.

And the Stockton-born midfielder believes the Frenchman's experience will prove vital in the Wearside club's quest for goals.

Cattermole told the club's official website: “Louis has got great experience, you could see that even before the game talking to the lads in the dressing room.

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“He’ll be great for us. Coming on and holding the ball up for us helped because I thought we got deeper and deeper. I think he’ll be a great signing for us.

“We’ve got experience through the team with the like of John O’Shea and Carlos Cuellar, Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon. All of them are big talkers.”