Is £13m a lot of money for a striker who only scored 14 goals for Rennes?

Steve  Bruce has conjured up the signing of Ghana World Cup star Asamoah Gyan.But £13.25 million is a lot of money for a striker who only scored 14 goals in 48 games for his previous club Rennes. We have seen players such as David Healy who excel for their national side while not really hacking it in the top league in the world, so let us hope that Gyan is different, age at least is on his side.The £13 million Sunderland paid for Asamoah Gyan looks extravagant but they had little choice. With Frazer Campbell injured and Kenwyne Jones sold, Sunderland needed another goal poacher.

If Gyan settles and conjures up a good partnership with Darren Bent, then the sale of Jones looks like good business, even though he was a crowd favourite. Danny Welbeck will definitely be called upon again after the news of Campbell’s cruciate knee injury and the resultant half-year absence.

Bruce’s transfer market moves will be tested in the cut and thrust of the Premier League, but the investments will be important to tide the team over until the return of other key players such as Craig Gordon and Andy Reid.

Asamoah Gyan

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