ASAMOAH Gyan hopes to be lining up alongside new signing Sulley Muntari in tomorrow’s Premier League trip to Stoke City because he’s convinced his Ghana team-mate will help increase his Sunderland strike rate.
Gyan welcomed Muntari on loan from Inter Milan last weekend and is relishing a first appearance together for the Black Cats.
The £13million striker said: “I’m very happy that Sulley is here. I’ve played with him for Ghana and at Udinese, so I’ve known him for a long time.
“He’s a good friend of mine and when I look back at the goals I have scored for the national team, Sulley has had a big influence on most of them, providing assists.
“Hopefully he will help me score more goals here at Sunderland now.
“He is an intelligent player, which is why Jose Mourinho took him to Inter and why I am sure he will be a success here at Sunderland.”
Muntari signed for Sunderland on loan from Inter last weekend and will be a Black Cat for the remainder of the season, with a view to a £6million permanent move in the summer.
The 26-year-old – who won back-to-back Serie A titles and last season’s Champions League with Inter under Jose Mourinho – is expected to go straight into the side at the Britannia Stadium tomorrow; and that’s good news for Sunderland’s record signing.
The pair were team-mates in Italy for four years and have also been regulars for Ghana for almost a decade – the duo, alongside Sunderland defender John Mensah, helping the Black Stars reach the World Cup quarter-finals last summer.
Gyan credits Muntari as a key figure in the striker notching 22 goals for his country, and now the forward hopes the link-up will prove just as effective for the Black Cats.
But he also believes that Muntari will make an impact all of his own – especially with the midfielder already having a Premier League season under his belt during a successful stint at Portsmouth in 2007/08.
Gyan said: “I know the kind of player he is – he has great quality and a great left foot and he contributes a lot to the team.
“He wins a lot of tackles in the middle of the pitch and is similar to Lee Cattermole in that respect.
“He is just what we need at the moment while Lee is out injured.”