Steve Bruce has revealed that Sunderland are considering bringing in a striker on loan before the transfer window closes, though the manager has faith that Asamoah Gyan will find top form for the north-east club this season.
Gyan has scored 10 goals in 33 appearances for Sunderland since signing for the club this time last year. Bruce has started the striker in both of the Black Cat’s matches this season, but Gyan is yet to find the net.
But Bruce believes that once the Ghana international gets back to full fitness, he will find his form for the side and prove his worth in the starting line-up.
“With Asa, I don’t think his fitness levels are quite right yet. I don’t think he is up to speed with it quite yet,” Bruce said.
“If you remember he had six weeks off at the back end of last season, so he has had twice as long as everyone else off.
“We have identified that, we have looked at him and we know something is not quite firing yet.
“We think it is physical more than anything so he will put in extra work and we will be working with him to try to turn that around again – but it is early days.”
Bruce believes that Gyan is getting close to his best, with luck becoming a factor in the 25-year-old’s lack of goals so far this season.
He added: “If that shot on half-time is three inches lower on Saturday and that whistles in, then it is Asa and what he is capable of.
“In the long-term I know for a fact he is capable of scoring in the Premier League."
Bruce admitted that the club may look to bring in another striker to bolster their forward line, and add to the 11 fresh faces in the Sunderland squad this season.
“I am quietly confident we have enough firepower to see us through, but If I was to do something that would be the area I would look at. However, it is very, very difficult to do that,” he said.