Black Cats backing for Bendtner

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has tipped striker Nicklas Bendtner to hit the ground running at the Stadium of Light.

The Danish striker, who courted controversy at parent-club Arsenal after claiming he would never return following his current loan spell, has had few opportunities at the Emirates to prove his worth as a top-level striker.

However, Bruce is convinced the 23-year-old forward is the right man to score some much-needed goals on Wearside, and is in no doubt over the player's potential and ability.

"I had the pleasure of working with Nicklas when he was a young boy at Birmingham, and I've monitored his career ever since," Bruce told the official Sunderland website.

"There's no doubt that he has terrific ability, and we might just have got him at the right time. He's got something to prove and a real hunger to show people just how good he is.

"Maybe he has lost his way a little bit over the last couple of years but I'm convinced this is the right move for him. Nicklas is a very naturally gifted footballer."

After helping progress the career of Danny Welbeck at the club last term, Bruce will be hoping he's produced another masterstroke after taking the forward on a season-long loan.


With Champions League and international experience to his name, the striker's credentials are certainly not in question, and Bruce is hoping the Sunderland faithful get to see the very best of their latest addition.

"Perhaps he's similar to Danny last year. Danny wasn't as big a name but he hadn't hit the heights - he came here and flourished in the environment we provided for him. Nicklas is a Champions League player; his credentials are there," the manager continued.

"Certainly, when you get Nick you'll find him endearing but you'll understand it'll be a good challenge. All good players have an edge to them and certainly he has that.

"I'm really looking forward to managing Nick and letting the Sunderland fans see just how good he is. He had a lot of offers to go out on loan and he chose us, which is fantastic."

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