Nigerian forward, Victor Anichebe, says he is now getting special attention from English Premier League defenders since joining Sunderland, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Anichebe has been in scintillating form since breaking into the Sunderland side, helping The Black Cats spark a run of four wins in seven games.
The 28-year-old was instrumental in Sunderland's 1-0 home win against Watford.
He has so far scored three goals in the EPL this season for the Black Cats.
Anichebe however says he is unfazed about the treatment he is getting from the elite defenders.
“It is becoming a lot more difficult, when I first came into the side teams didn’t know what to expect,” Anichebe tells Sunderland Echo.
“They are trying to stop our left-hand side of attack. That is why I switch sides sometimes because teams are ready for us and are a lot more aggressive with me.
“I am used to it – I just have to be ready. Every game is tough. They are doubling up on me, but that is part and parcel of the game. It is a compliment as well. Whenever there is a battle, I will be ready for it.
“We are good down the left-hand side, but sometimes I feel we need to switch it around more.
“As the manager implements more of his plans, that is what we will be, more fluid.
“Teams are watching us and know they need to stop that side. That is a compliment.
“If we can work across both sides, it will free up more space for everybody.”