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Bruce happy to ease Gyan in gently

22 Oct 2010 13:30:32

Bruce happy to ease Gyan in gently

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will resist the temptation to pitch his £23million strike-force into Barclays Premier League battle - for now.The Black Cats invested in excess of £13million during the summer to add the firepower provided by Ghana international Asamoah Gyan to the proven class of Darren Bent, who scored 25 goals last season.Bent and Gyan are yet to start a league game in harness and with the pair having contributed nine of the club's 10 goals to date this season - the other was a Stephen Carr own goal - there is a growing clamour for Bruce to unleash the full power of his armoury.However, the manager is happy with the way his side has been playing in recent weeks with the England international at the pinnacle of a 4-5-1 formation, and is unlikely to tinker with that as he heads into the home clash with Aston Villa.Asked if he is tempted to change system and play both men from the start, he said: "There will be a time when we do it, of course. But the team is playing very, very well and the team comes above anything. It is quite rare now in the Premier League, for instance, to see any team playing with two."He added: "I had no hesitation in paying the money for him [Gyan]. What it has enabled me to do, though, is let him have a little insight into England. It has enabled me to let him come to the club and quietly let him settle in. Believe me, he will have a big impact when we unleash him."


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