Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is delighted with the progress of January signing Stephane Sessegnon, who has been adapting to a new country and a new position to become a vital Black Cats asset.

The Beninese attacker had been a wide midfield player in the early stages of his career, but Bruce was forced to move the player up front and in-field when the latter half of the season threw up injury issues for the squad at the Stadium of Light.

Sessengon has shone in his new found role after arriving from PSG in the last transfer window for £6 million, and Bruce has hinted that the accidental revelation may become a permanent switch, especially since Danny Welbeck has returned to Manchester United and Fraizer Campbell remains exempt from selection due to cruciate ligament knee surgery.

"At PSG, Stephane was more of a wide player, but we've made the slight change and it was a bit of a fluke to be honest," Bruce said.

"We only really put Stephane in that central position because we were short on strikers but he responded magnificently. He seems to enjoy playing there, scored goals towards the end of last season has continued doing so during pre-season.

 

"Stephane has been fantastic. He's the type of player who lifts fans off their seats with a piece of skill or a trick - he is breathtaking at times."

And the 27-year-old will look to continue his fantastic streak next weekend as the Black Cats travel away to face Kenny Dalglish’s newly reformed Liverpool FC in their first Barcalys Premier League fixture on August 13.

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