Steve Bruce believes that last season’s striker injury crisis allowed Stephane Sessegnon to unlock his full potential, in an attacking midfield role supporting a striker.
The Benin international was brought in from PSG initially to be used in the wing position, but injuries to Frazier Campbell, Danny Welbeck and Asamoah Gyan meant that he was moved into a central attacking role. A role Bruce believes suits him best.
Sessegnon has been maintaining this role in pre-season, and been performing well with three goals and a number of assists.
Steve Bruce commented: “At PSG Stephane was more of a wide player, but we’ve made the slight change and it was a bit of a fluke to be honest. He seems to enjoy playing there, scored goals towards the end of last season has continued doing so during pre-season.”
The Black Cats manager added: “Stephane has been fantastic. He’s the type of player who lifts fans off their seats with a piece of skill or a trick – he is breathtaking at times.”