Henderson can be goal threat - Bruce

02 May 2011 02:00
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has challenged England midfielder Jordan Henderson to help fire the club back to winning ways. With Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck having joined Fraizer Campbell on the casualty list, Bruce went into Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham without a single senior striker available, and even youngster Ryan Noble ruled out with a knee problem. But where the gamble of playing midfielders Stephane Sessegnon and Steed Malbranque in advanced roles against Wigan a week earlier after Gyan and Welbeck had succumbed paid off handsomely in a 4-2 victory, a lack of firepower proved costly at the weekend. Henderson scored twice against Wigan to underline his potency, although the 20-year-old limped off with 15 minutes of Saturday's game remaining, and the manager will keep his fingers crossed over a man he believes could provide a temporary solution to his problems. Bruce said: "The one thing about him when he plays on the right, he does arrive in the box and it seems to give him a bit more licence to get forward. That suited him, and for him to score a couple of goals was terrific. "That's what he needs to improve - the kid knows that. The good thing about him is, as you have seen, when he does get there, he finishes. When he gets a chance, he can finish. We have to keep working on it, to arrive in the box and want to get in there. He can be a threat."

Source: PA