Sebastian Larsson has insisted that Nicklas Bendtner will be a great investment for Sunderland this season, with the on-loan striker scoring one goal so far since his move to the Black Cats.
Larsson played alongside Bendtner at Arsenal, before the winger moved to Birmingham in 2006.
And Larsson believes that the Dane's outspoken nature can work as a positive for the striker as he settles into life in the north east.
"Nicklas was there at Arsenal, but was younger than me, he has learned what he is best at and has been brilliant since he came to us," Larsson told The Northern Echo.
"He is always a confident lad, and has the ability to back it up as well. He has confidence in a good way. He is one of the lads. He is not shy and, as soon as he came in, he was joking with the lads. He was just one of the lads straight away.
"He is not afraid to say his opinion and he thinks he is a good player - I agree with him.”
Bendtner is still finding his feet for Sunderland, and Larsson believes the 23-year-old will find consistency as the season wears on.
"Nicklas stood out in the West Brom game," he explained.
"But it is important for us to have him performing at that level week in and week out. For that to happen, we will have to help him and give him chances to score."
Sunderland have so far had a disappointing start to the campaign, collecting just six points from eight matches. But the side have a host of new faces to contend with, and if the players can learn to gel, the Black Cats have a good chance of challenging for at least the top half of the table.