Sunderland boss Steve Bruce hails strike force after Kilmarnock win

Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon finds the net against Kilmarnock.

Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon finds the net against Kilmarnock.

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SUNDERLAND have strikers to trouble any Premier League defence.

That was the belief of Steve Bruce after watching Connor Wickham and Stephan Sessegnon get on the scoresheet last night against Scottish Premier side Kilmarnock, their displays reinforcing his view the four forwards he has in his squad are top drawer.

The departure of Darren Bent, the long-term injury to Fraizer Campbell and loan star Danny Welbeck’s return to Manchester United left Sunderland seriously short of firepower at the end of last season.

And marquee signings up front were expected at Sunderland to address the issue.

But Bruce reckons that he has the players in Wickham, Sessegnon, Gyan and Ji to deliver goals up front next season and it is Sessegnon’s form in particular that the manager claims is set to save him a fortune in the transfer market.

The manager said: “Stephane proved last year that his best position is striker and in my eyes that’s how I see him.

“He will count as one of our four strikers and I’m pleased with what we’ve got there.

“We’ve got a bit of a threat, and each one of them offers us something different.

“On top of that, he’s started adding the goals, as well – both at the end of last season as well as pre-season - and the way things are going I am confident that he can get us 12 or 15 goals this season.

“Some of his movement and touch at Kilmarnock was terrific.

“He is a very, very good player.”

Read Graeme Anderson’s full match report in today;s Mail.