Gyan woe at missing 15-goal Sunderland target

Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan
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ASAMOAH Gyan is frustrated that injury prevented him reaching his 15-goal target during his first season on Wearside.

Sunderland’s record signing finished with 10 goals in his maiden Premier League campaign, at a respectable rate of one every three games.

But the Ghanaian had hoped to hit 15 and believed he was on course when he ended a seven-game goal drought by notching the crucial equaliser against Wigan last month.

A hamstring injury sustained 10 minutes later forced Gyan to miss the subsequent three games and he was not able to add to his tally in Sunderland’s final day win at West Ham.

Gyan told the Echo: “That game against Wigan, I thought I was going to score a hat-trick.

“When I got that goal, I said to myself that I needed to score more.

“Unfortunately then I got the injury and it was disappointing that I was not able to reach my 15 goals.

“Then again, I think most people are happy with my performances this season.

“I came here just getting used to the game, but I think my performances have been quite impressive.

“The fans have supported me and the team.”

At least Gyan was able to finish the season on a high after impressing alongside Stephane Sessegnon at Upton Park.

The £13million striker had only trained twice since returning to full fitness after being the last of Sunderland’s recognised strikers to fall victim to injury.

But Gyan was able to help Sunderland secure their top 10 target and provide some tonic for the Black Cats after a torrid four months.

The 26-year-old, expected to feature in Ghana’s African Nations qualifier with Congo next week, said: “I was really happy to be back. I was out for a month and only trained twice with the team.

“I was a big doubt to feature in the game, but I felt like I had a good game.

“We won and finally finished in the top 10 after the ups and downs we’ve been through this season.

“They’ve been a bit disappointing but we’re happy with 10th place.

“We started the season so well and we played excellent in the first six months.

“We were sixth and then we lost a couple of games.

“There were a lot of injuries through the team, but we’ve done so well to get back to the top 10.

“That was our ambition for the year and we’ve been able to achieve that.

“Everyone was happy in the dressing room after the game, especially the manager.”