STEPHANE SESSEGNON is desperate to end his goal drought and lend a helping hand to strike partner Steven Fletcher after setting himself a double-figures target for the campaign.
Sessegnon’s barren run stretches to 16 league and cup games since he netted in Sunderland’s 3-1 win over QPR last March, despite managing the best goal haul of his senior career last season with eight.
Sunderland have been reliant upon £12million summer signing Fletcher so far this season, with the Scotland striker netting all five of the Black Cats’ Premier League goals.
But the Benin forward realises he needs to get on the scoresheet too and offer more of a goal threat.
Sessegnon told the Echo: “I want to get among the goals.
“My ambition this season was to score more goals and make more goals. Obviously the team is the most important thing and after that you can look to what you do individually.
“But personally, I want to contribute to more victories with goals. I’d love to pass the double figure mark. That’s my primary objective.
“Obviously, Fletcher has answered all the questions and he has been able to make the difference for us. But we must all do our best to help Fletch.
“He has done very well so far, but he can’t score all the goals forever. We must do what we can.”
Sessegnon is going in the right direction after admitting last weekend’s win over Wigan was his best performance of the campaign.
The 28-year-old was off-the-pace for Sunderland’s opening games after missing the pre-season campaign with an ankle injury.
But the former Paris St Germain man has started to show signs of the player who romped to Sunderland’s Player of the Season title last year.
“Yes I think it was my best game of the season so far,” said Sessegnon.
“It’s true that at the start of the season, I hadn’t had the best of preparation and physically I wasn’t ready.
“But it’s got better and I believe I’m starting to get fitter and up to speed with the rest of the team.
“I’ve still got a little bit to go, but I’m going in the right direction to improve.”
Fletcher continues to hog the limelight though as he looks to maintain his 100 per cent scoring record in Saturday’s trip to Premier League champions Manchester City.
But Sessegnon believes the 25-year-old’s hold-up play should not be ignored either, despite his exploits in front of goal.
“He’s someone who rightly gets a lot of credit for his qualities as a finisher,” said Sessegnon. “But he’s also be able to keep the ball when it’s asked of him. He gives other players time to get up there and help him.
“We’ve missed someone like that who can both score goals and hold the ball and I think everyone is happy that he’s here. It’s good for him and good for the team that he’s started like this.
“I’m sure he’d doing everything to continue like that and keep scoring goals. But I think that he’s someone who will work hard to keep improving.”