ASAMOAH Gyan returns to pre-season training tomorrow confident that his second year on Wearside will be even more productive than his first.
Ghanaian hitman Gyan finished as Sunderland’s leading marksman during his maiden season in the Premier League after pipping Darren Bent and Danny Welbeck with 10 top flight goals.
While Gyan’s haul paled in comparison to Bent’s 24 goals from his first campaign at the Stadium of Light, the Ghanaian’s tally still made healthy reading considering he only started 20 top flight games.
Gyan will be expected to better that tally next season, particularly as new attacking signings Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won are unproven in the Premier League.
But Gyan is ready to handle the mantle of being Sunderland’s senior hitman when Steve Bruce’s players return to work at the Academy of Light tomorrow.
Gyan said: “I’ll definitely be a better player next season.
“As I said before I came here, it was my dream to play in the English Premier League.
“I feel I have established myself now but there is more to come. The fans love me which is really important.
“When the people are behind you, you keep going and I hope to do more.
“It depends on me keeping working hard.
“There are some seasons where things don’t go well, but that doesn’t mean you are a bad player.”
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