Sessegnon hopes Sunderland can find right combination for Liverpool game

Stephane Sessegnon
Stephane Sessegnon

STEPHANE Sessegnon hopes Sunderland can find the right combination in attack after being re-classified as a striker.

Sessegnon was earmarked as a wideman or attacking midfielder when he arrived at the Stadium of Light in a £6million move from Paris St Germain in January.

But it wasn’t until Sunderland’s injury crisis forced Steve Bruce to deploy Sessegnon in a more central forward role, that the Benin international came to life.

Bruce has publicly confirmed that he now sees Sessegnon as one of his four strikers alongside Asamoah Gyan and summer signings Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won.

Sessegnon is sure to start as a support striker in Saturday’s opener against Liverpool, with Gyan expected to line up alongside him, providing the Ghanaian comes through tonight’s international friendly with Nigeria, at Watford, unscathed. But after the summer arrivals of 6ft plus duo Wickham and Ji, Bruce also has the option of handing a more physical centre-forward the task of leading the line.

Sessegnon told SportMail: “I enjoy playing more as a striker, even at the end of the season when I had to play up front by myself.

“It was a relief for me to start scoring goals and playing well after we were losing games when I first arrived.

“But I’m quite happy whatever position the manager wants to put me in. I’m happy to do that.

“It’s good that we’ve brought one or two physical players in now like Connor and Ji who are a bit bigger because a lot of our game is based on crosses.”

Full story in Tuesday’s Mail