Bendt­ner in good Nick to boost Bruce

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NICK­LAS BENDT­NER will start train­ing at Sun­der­land to­day with man­ager Steve Bruce hop­ing the Great Dane can bring goals back to Wear­side.

Bendt­ner was a dead­line day sign­ing when he agreed to a sea­son-long loan from Ar­se­nal and he is in line to make his de­but against Chelsea this Satur­day.

And Bruce is ready to gam­ble on throw­ing him straight in to the action as Sun­der­land look to claim their first win of the Premier League sea­son.

It will be the first time the Den­mark in­ter­na­tional has started a top-flight fix­ture since he led the line for Ar­se­nal in the goal­less draw with Sun­der­land on March 5.


And his in­tro­duc­tion to the first team is likely to cost Ghana­ian hot­shot Asamoah Gyan his place in the Black Cats team.

Gyan, who has looked out of sorts and out of shape in this sea­son, has re­mained at the Sta­dium of Light de­spite in­ter­est in him from Tur­key and France.

But will be the per­for­mance of Bendt­ner that Sun­der­land sup­port­ers will be look­ing for­ward to this week­end – with new team-mate Craig Gard­ner sat­is­fied that Bruce has se­cured a gem.

“Nick­las has a big rep­u­ta­tion and he’s al­ways looked good when­ever I

DE­BUT: Bendt­ner have seen him play,” said Gard­ner.

“I know ex­actly what he is ca­pa­ble of.

“ You can cross a ball into the box and you know he will be there be­cause he is great in the air.

“He’s strong with both feet and holds the ball up well. You need play­ers like that in the team.

“It’s more com­pe­ti­tion and more pres­sure on peo­ple to do well and score goals – that’s great to have.”

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