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#11 - Carlos EdwardsAnd the Sunderland boss says Edwards can again prove to be a major weapon in his side's armoury.
The Trinidad & Tobago international has been one of the success stories under the new manager, who brought him back into the side after a long spell on the sidelines.

On Saturday, Edwards provided his second goal assist in his last two appearances – Danny Collins scoring against Aston Villa from an Edwards centre, just as Djibril Cisse had scored against Bolton in the cup, from an Edwards cross.

And if Cisse had made the most of a peach of an Edwards cross against Villa which the striker headed straight at Brad Friedel from six yards out, the winger would have had three assists in two games.

Sbragia said: "We're delighted with how well Carlos has done since getting back into the team. He was a wee bit nervous at first, which was understandable, but he's starting to get back to his very best now.

"When he came back from the loan at Wolves he was a bit down because he wasn't getting involved. But I spoke to him and told him that he is part of my plans and, like everyone else, he knew that when his opportunity came, he had to he take it.

"He's done that though and he's now providing real competition in that position.

"I've got to say Carlos has been super and the great thing is that he gives us something we don't get elsewhere – he puts in crosses from wide positions and gives us a bit more width. And you can see the goalscoring opportunities that can bring."

Edwards is set to challenge Steed Malbranque – the Premier League's leading assist-maker this season – for a place on the right wing. But Sbragia is delighted that he now has two dangerous players with contrasting styles that he can use to vary his team's point of attack.

Edwards is delighted to be beack in the picture. "I am a hard-working, confident guy and I am going to carry on doing the things that the fans know I am capable of," he said. "I hope I can repay them for their patience.

Ricky knows all the players and what they are capable of, so I don't think we need to start from scratch and prove ourselves to him all over again. What we do need to do is play as well as we can.

"The table is really close right now, incredibly close. If you look at the start to the season that Hull had, they did brilliantly, but suddenly we are only four points behind them.

"You can't afford to switch off for a moment – if you do, your Premiership status can be in jeopardy but if you stay focused and get a couple of wins then all of a sudden you can be looking at Europe.

"We've got to make sure we go upwards, not the other way.

"But I do think we are going to get stronger as the season progresses."