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Asamoah Gyan (left) battles with Hartlepool's Ritchie Humphreys in pre-season.
Asamoah Gyan (left) battles with Hartlepool's Ritchie Humphreys in pre-season.
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WHO will be Sunderland’s top scorer this season following Asamoah Gyan’s departure?

THE fallout from Asamoah Gyan’s shock Sunderland departure continues.

Black Cats’ chairman Niall Quinn insisted last night that it would not have been in the club’s interests to try to force the Ghana international to remain on Wearside.

He said: “We took a number of things into consideration: the player’s obviously negative demeanour in and around the training ground; the fact that the transfer window in the UAE had over 50 days remaining, meaning this was unlikely to go away; the clear desire of the player to leave; the forthcoming African Nations Cup, which would have meant losing Asamoah for up to six weeks in the new year; the obvious economic benefits to our club in the terms of the final deal laid out to us.

“In the early hours of Saturday morning chief executive Margaret Byrne and myself agreed a loan deal to allow Asamoah his wish to move but that would also, and more importantly, protect the club should things not work out for the player.”

Quinn insists the deal means boss Steve Bruce will have more money to spend in the January transfer window.

But how do you see the season panning-out without Gyan – who will be their top scorer?