Manager Martin O'Neill knows the Scot is not yet fully match-fit after missing much of former club Wolves' pre-season campaign. Saha, who arrived on Wearside on a one-year contract earlier in the summer, is expecting to see much more from the 25-year-old as the season progresses.
The 34-year-old Frenchman told the club's official website: "I feel respect for [Steven]. I am not surprised at all [with his start]. This is just Steven's first few games and I think we can expect even more from him. "That is a good prospect. I don't think this is the last time we will be talking about him."