ASAMOAH Gyan hailed his new strike partner Stephane Sessegnon after the Benin international’s third goal of pre-season last night.
And the Ghana striker feels the all-African forward pairing has the potential to push Sunderland towards success next season.
“I’m happy for Stephane that it is going so well for him but this is no surprise to me.
“I know him from our days in France and he is a very good player and very dangerous in front of goal.
“He proved himself at the end of last season in the Premiership and it just confirms what I was saying last season that he would be a very good signing for the team.
“He knows how to hold the ball up, he knows how to create chances for himself and for others and as a striker I feel we can work together well.”
Gyan did not get on the score-sheet last night but he feels that his sharpness is coming with every training session he gets through.
“It has been difficult for the last few weeks working towards full fitness,” he admitted. “But it has come along in the last few days and I’m feeling a lot sharper. That’s pre-season for you.
“You have to work hard and sometimes it feels like a thankless task but as you keep on working, that fitness comes to you.”
Gyan, playing his first game of pre-season against Kilmarnock last night certainly looked happier to be on the pitch after a series of punishing training sessions at the club’s training camp in Germany last week.
“I like to play with a smile on my face and getting back to fitness helps in that direction,” he shrugged.
“I’ve been concentrating on my game in our training sessions and I’m enjoying myself knowing I’m getting back to my best.
“When I enjoy myself, I like to express myself and I felt in the game against Kilmarnock that there were good signs there form myself.
“But I thought the team played well overall and that has to be pleasing for the manager.
“Our fitness levels are clearly getting better and I was more interested in the quality of the way the team played than the result itself.
“We played at a good level and that has to be a good sign.”