Sunderland set to make Gyan first-choice striker

Sunderland coach Steve Bruce has hinted that he will make Asamoah Gyan his first choice striker at the club.

Steve Bruce has hinted that he will make Gyan his first choice striker at the club.

Sunderland coach Steve Bruce has hinted that he will make Asamoah Gyan his first choice striker at the club.Although Darren Bent registered his first goal in six games he, once again, disappointed when they beat Blackburn 3-0 on Saturday.Gyan started on the bench during the game because of a thigh hamstring Bruce says he is likely to make changes from Wednesday.“I’ve never lost faith in Darren,” said Bruce before hinting he may omit the sometime England striker for the visit to Aston Villa on Wednesday.“Class is permanent and Darren will always score but he’s not playing for a manager who won’t drop him. I had a decision to make here but Gyan was stiff and sore.“If Gyan is fresher on Wednesday I won’t be frightened to change things. Asamoah has got that touch of the unexpected but he’s finding it hard to adapt. His family are in Ghana. And he was expecting a break; he didn’t think the Premier League played in the winter.”

It appeared that Bruce may have abandoned recent attempts to make a 4-3-3 formation featuring Gyan, Bent and Welbeck – who after scoring six times in eight games is undroppable – work. Not so.“We’ll keep persevering with the three strikers,” said Sunderland’s manager, whose side looked much more fluently menacing in 4-4-2 mode with the recalled Steed Malbranque’s midfield invention complementing the industry of Jordan Henderson and David Meyler.“I won’t give up on it but one thing I have looked at is that when all three play together we often don’t score. It can unbalance you.”

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