Cattermole: Bendtner will boost Sunderland attack

LEFT OUT ... midfielder Lee Cattermole.
LEFT OUT ... midfielder Lee Cattermole.
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LEE Cattermole hopes new signing Nicklas Bendtner will provide a helping hand to Sunderland’s misfiring front pair.

Asamoah Gyan and Stephane Sessegnon have drawn a blank this season, despite starting each of Sunderland’s three Premier League encounters in tandem as a strike duo.

The arrival of deadline-day acquisition Bendtner provides boss Steve Bruce with the chance to tinker with his attack for Saturday’s Stadium of Light encounter with Chelsea.

Bendtner, who grabbed a classy brace in Denmark’s Euro 2012 qualifying win over Norway last night, will train with his new team-mates for the first time tomorrow after agreeing his season-long loan from Arsenal while away on international duty.

Bruce has the option of using the 23-year-old either as a direct replacement for Gyan or as a partner for the Ghanaian, with Sessegnon moving to a wide midfield role.

And with Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won also in reserve, skipper Cattermole believes Sunderland now have sufficient options in attack.

Cattermole said: “I don’t know how much of an out-and-out striker Stephane is. He does really well in the hole, but I’m not sure how many goals he’ll get us.

“There’s been a lot of pressure on Asa being the only experienced striker up there. We’ve got Connor and I’m sure Nicklas can help him. They can be similar types of players.

“I’ve always like him (Bendtner) to be honest with you. He’s a big presence, he’s got an attitude about him.

“I don’t know him as a person but as a player he’s got ability.

“Hopefully he’ll settle in quickly. He played a lot down the left for Arsenal but I think he’s better in the middle.

“He’ll definitely be playing up front for us, I’m sure of that. He can only help us at the minute.”

Taking chances has been the big problem for Sunderland this season with just one goal from four games which have included a derby defeat and a Carling Cup exit.

With back-to-back home games against Chelsea and Stoke on the horizon, Cattermole knows the Black Cats need to find an attacking edge to lift the mood on Wearside.

“We’ve had three league games and we just want to get up and running now,” added the 23-year-old.

“I can see why people are saying the pressure’s been building with the defeat being a derby, but anyone who’s looked at our games will see we’ve been creating chances and we’ve looked like we won’t concede a goal.

“It’s going to take time so maybe the international break has come at a good time for us. We’ve got two home games now and they’re both tough but they’re winnable.

“If we get things right, we can win both of these games.”