Sunderland assistant manager Eric Black feels the club's supporters will start to see the best of Stephane Sessegnon after an inconsistent start to his Black Cats career.
Sessegnon scored three times during the back end of his first six months at the Stadium of Light, and heading into the new campaign, the onus has been the Benin international to bare the loss of striker Asamoah Gyan.
However, having failed to net this season, supporters are yet to see the best of the forward, but Black is adamant he can flourish after the international break.
“Stephane is a player of such quality that we started the season with a system designed around him," he said.
“The 4-4-1-1 formation, with Stephane playing just behind the main striker, should have brought the best out of him.
“We were looking to get the ball to him as much as possible and give him the chance to turn and run at defences, which is one of his strengths.
“But, unfortunately, that system coincided with a dip in Stephane’s form and, for whatever reason, it hasn’t worked as we would have liked – maybe he lost a bit of form or confidence, maybe the team didn’t gel as we would have hoped but, on all indicators, his stats were down from where they were last season.”
Sessegnon is ready to take centre stage on Sunday when Sunderland visit Arsenal without Nicklas Bendtner with the 27-year-old ready to spearhead the attack in a lone role up front.
“There’s a range of options for us this weekend and we’ll look at them all before deciding what we think is the best way to go," Black added.
“But we are looking at how we get the best out of Stephane and I think as time progresses we are finding out exactly what works with him and what doesn’t.
“It’s important that we look to find ways of helping him flourish because he’s such a wonderful footballer with bags of talent and he’s one of those creative players who have the ability to change a game in an instant.”
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