New Sunderland signing offers '˜something different' to Black Cats

Sam Allardyce believes new signing Dame N'Doye will offer something different to the Sunderland attack.

Tuesday, 19th January 2016, 11:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th January 2016, 11:54 am
Dame N'Doye

The Senegalese striker arrived on Wearside from Turkish side Trabzonspor on a loan deal that will run until the end of the season.

Allardyce has conceded his team need to start picking up more draws, and an addition of a striker will ease the burden on the in form Jermain Defore.

The former England international has hit the net 9 times from just 18 league starts this which is more than the rest of Sunderland strike force combined.

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A record Allardyce hopes his new signings arrival can rectify.

“Dame has scored goals and we want somebody in the squad to score more goals, and I also think we need to share them about more because we can’t just rely on Jermain Defoe” said the Sunderland manager.

“I don’t think you can have enough forwards in your squad especially if they’re hungry to get on the pitch and show what you can.”

The Sunderland head coach also admitted speaking in depth to Hull City manager Steve Bruce about the striker.

The forward scored five times for Hull City last season in 15 appearances for the club, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Tigers in the Premier League.

But Allardyce believes that experience will help no end in helping his side with their own relegation battle.

He said: “He knows the pressure and he’s felt the pressure of the Premier League.

“He delivered for Hull City and I spoke to Steve Bruce at length before bringing him in and he said he gave a terrific amount of lift for the players and scored the goals they wanted him to.”

Whilst goals win matches, The Sunderland manager has also warned the importance of keeping them out at the other end, if the Black Cats are to alleviate fears of relegation.

His team conceded four at Spurs at the weekend, and the Black Cats boss admits it is something he and the team will work harder with on the training ground.

“We have to work better at because it’s a long time since we kept a clean sheet.

“Clean sheets will allow us to get out of the trouble we’re in,” he added.