NEDUM Onuoha expects more practice this week in his boyhood position of striker as Sunderland search for a solution to their toothless attack.
On-loan Manchester City defender Onuoha was thrown up front for the final 25 minutes of Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Fulham as Steve Bruce desperately sought a way back into the game.
Onuoha has not played up front since his days at Manchester City’s academy when he was converted into a defender despite scoring 42 goals in a season for the under-16s.
But with Sunderland again set to be without a recognised striker for Saturday’s trip to Bolton Wanderers, the 24-year-old is braced for boss Bruce to experiment on the training ground this week.
Onuoha said: “Maybe some shooting practice might come in this week because we’ve got to take some chances between now and the end of the season.
“On Saturday, I was having flashbacks to when I was a bit younger but I thought I’d give it a go. You’re doing it for the team and I tried to do as much as I could, but Fulham had too much of the ball for it to come into effect.
“We hadn’t really practised it so we couldn’t get the benefits from it. Maybe that’ll change this week though. But for an away game it’s a bit different so the manager might just pack the midfield and keep it tighter.
“When I was much younger, that was my position and then they saw the light and pushed me back into defence. I played up front until I was under-17 and from there, I would just pop up there whenever we needed a goal.
“The Premier League is a bit different to that though
“I can finish, but it’s just about getting the chances.
“The best season for me was when I was 14 and started the season for the under-16s and managed 42 goals by the end of the season. It’s not Lionel Messi, but it wasn’t too bad!”