Bendtner in good Nick to boost Bruce
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.”