Bruce enthused by strikers

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes the partnership of Stephane Sessegnon and Nicklas Bendtner has the makings of something special.

The forward duo were paired upfront against West Brom on Saturday and were instrumental in ensuring Sunderland recovered from two goals down to claim a point at the Stadium of Light.

Bendtner drew the Black Cats level with his first goal for the club, before the Demark international set up the Ahmed Elmohamady for the equaliser.

And, with Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won also among his goalscoring ranks, Bruce knows he has plenty of talent to chose from.

"We keep saying this and we know we haven't got time, but we have made 10 or 11 changes [to the squad over the summer], so it's important for all 10, 11 [to have time to gel]," he said.

"Sessegnon and Bendtner for a start - they have only been with each other for two or three weeks and they looked very, very good on Saturday.

"But certainly, Connor and Ji are in my thoughts. Their time might be just around the corner too, so let's hope when they get their chance, they can give everybody a lift too."


Bruce also reserved individual praise for Bendnter, who is with the Sunderland on a season long loan from Arsenal.

"Nick was our best player by a million miles," added Bruce.

"He has settled in very, very quickly and very, very well and been a big plus point.

"He was terrific against Norwich and if we had got better service to him quicker, I'm sure we would have been better as a team."

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