Bendtner thrilled for Sunderland star Sessegnon

OFF THE MARK: Sunderland's St�phane Sessegnon
OFF THE MARK: Sunderland's St�phane Sessegnon

NICKLAS Bendtner insists Stephane Sessegnon will have received a boost by breaking his duck for the campaign.

Sessegnon opened the scoring at Bolton last weekend to provide the platform for Sunderland’s first away win of the season.

The Benin international has been Sunderland’s most creative player this year, yet given his pre-season billing as a key man for the Black Cats, the 27-year-old needed to start contributing with goals.

On-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner had been paired with Sessegnon up front, until the introduction of Connor Wickham last weekend saw the African revert to a midfield role, which he was expected to keep for today’s clash with Aston Villa.

And Bendtner has been impressed by the contribution of Sessegnon, although he believes a first goal since May will make all the difference for the former PSG man.

“Stephane’s a different player to me, but it’s been working better and better linking up with him every game,” Bendtner said.

“He’s a good little player who’s quite skilful as well.

“Now that he’s started scoring some goals and getting some confidence from that, he can be a really good player for us.

“It will help him a lot to score. But he tries to give everything, every game, which is good for us.”

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