Stepane Sessegnon unfazed by early season striker switcharound

NET GAIN ... Stephane Sessegnon.
NET GAIN ... Stephane Sessegnon.
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STEPHANE Sessegnon has not been fazed by swapping strike partners so early in the season.

 Sessegnon will continue his double act with on-loan Arsenal hit-man Nicklas Bendtner at Norwich City tonight as Sunderland chase their first back-to-back wins since January.

The Benin international was deployed in the hole behind Asamoah Gyan for the opening three Premier League encounters before the Ghanaian’s shock move to the United Arab Emirates a fortnight ago.

Replacement Bendtner provides Sunderland with a different type of frontman, but Sessegnon insists he has already begun to form an understanding with the Dane.

Sessegnon told the Echo: “It’s not really difficult to be playing with a different striker. You’ve got to be able to adapt in the Premier League.

“Perhaps we’d been missing goals before last weekend, but as an attacker, you’ve got to be able to play with different players.

“Nicklas is a different player to Asamoah. He’s obviously a lot more physical and can hold the ball up.

“But they’re both good players and you’ve got to be able to play to your maximum, whoever you’re alongside.”

Sessegnon scored three times in the final five games of last season from a central role, helping the Black Cats to victory on each occasion.

Steve Bruce has persisted with the 27-year-old in the hole this time around, but the former Paris St Germain man is yet to find the net.

Sessegnon remains unconcerned by his lack of goals, though, particularly after Sunderland knocked four past Stoke City in their last outing to register their first win of the campaign.

He said: “The most important thing is that the team win. It doesn’t really matter if I score or not.

“It doesn’t really concern me. It’s just not been my turn yet. It’s obviously good when I can score, but it’s not my main ambition.

“For me, it’s not important whether I play wide or behind the striker either. I just want to play and help my team out. Then I’m happy!”

Sessegnon added that Sunderland need to build on their Stoke success against the Canaries tonight after earning a major confidence boost against the Potters.

“It was hard to lose the derby game and then to lose against Chelsea meant we couldn’t afford to lose again against Stoke,” he said.

“For our confidence, we needed to beat Stoke. It was important to win because it was becoming harder and harder on the team.

“It’s important for us to win again tonight. There’s a good spirit among the team after getting a good result at the weekend and we need to build on those three points.”