Asamoah Gyan has vowed to put a smile back on Sunderland fans’ faces following the devastating Tyne-Wear derby defeat on Sunday.
The Black Cats will look to put last weekend’s result behind them when Stoke City arrive at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, with £13m record signing Gyan expected to make his first Premier League start.
The Ghanaian striker has waited patiently for his chance, starting one game in the Carling Cup – and making seven substitute appearances, scoring twice, while Sunderland went seven league games unbeaten. However, defeat to Newcastle United has forced a rethink, and Gyan is looking forward to lining up alongside “a great marksman – the top man” in Darren Bent.
“I am a sportsman and I know that when I arrived, the team was doing well,” Gyan said. “I understand that the coach cannot change the team when things have been going so well.
“I would not go and knock on his door asking what is going on. In any case, you put more pressure on yourself doing that because then you really have to play well! “I have had to wait, but I feel very fit and I look forward to playing alongside Darren Bent. He’s a great marksman – the top man and we all have to play around him.
“Now we have to play Stoke and we have to bring back the smiles to our fans’ faces. “I think, once the game starts on Saturday, our fans will be back with us wanting to win the game. We all want the same thing.”