Bruce wants fan-tastic help for Bendtner

STAR TURN: Nicklas Bendtner
STAR TURN: Nicklas Bendtner
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STEVE Bruce hopes the passion of North East football fans ignites a spark in Nicklas Bendtner and inspires the best season of the young Dane’s career so far.

The Sunderland manager has been delighted with the 23-year-old’s contribution to the cause so far and he believes that if Black Cats’ supporters can get underneath Bendtner’s skin, the forward could come of age as a Premier League star.

Bruce said: “Nicklas is a massive talent and he does have it in him, not just to be a prolific scorer, but also a great all-round forward.

“We see it from time-to-time in training and in games but to really deliver on his potential he has to do it consistently and although this might seem like a strange thing to say, I think that our supporters can help him do that.

“I think that the one thing Nick has to find sometimes is that hunger and desire in games, otherwise it’s almost too easy for him.

“He needs to find ways to drive himself on and our fans can certainly do that to players.”

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