Bent and Kenwyne will be a handful for Chelsea, says Sunderland boss Bruce
17 August 2009 06:54
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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has warned Chelsea captain John Terry he will have his hands full with Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones on Tuesday night.
Bruce sent out his new-look strike-force for the first time at Bolton on Saturday and reaped an early reward for his £10million investment in Bent as the 25-year-old marked his competitive debut for the Black Cats with the winning goal.
But more satisfying for Bruce was the way the former Tottenham man linked up with Jones, who clearly relished his team-mate's contribution after enduring a difficult last campaign alongside Frenchman Djibril Cisse.
Bruce, an accomplished centre-half during his own distinguished playing days, admitted he would not have liked to play against the pair, and promised Terry and his Chelsea side a difficult visit to the Stadium of Light.
He said: 'I don't think they were ever that big when I played - they seem to get bigger now.
'They didn't breed them like that when I was playing, thankfully. Potentially, they have got the makings of a very, very good pair.
'When they are at it, the pair of them, I wouldn't like to play against them. They are a handful for anybody, that's for sure, so I hope that continues.'
Kenwyne looked to me as if he was enjoying himself and enjoying playing with Darren, maybe a new partner who suits him a little bit.
'But it's not just Kenwyne, I want all of them to come and play as if they are enjoying it.'
Bruce has major worries over Steed Malbranque, who twisted an ankle at Bolton, and Kieran Richardson, who suffered a dead leg, but it is in defence that his focus lies off the pitch.