Sunderland

Bruce Wants £5m Bundesliga Star With Invaluable Premiership Experience

It may seem odd to be continue the debate about the state of Sunderland’s strike force considering they smashed four goals past a resilient Stoke City, but The Mirror, The People and a variety of other media outlets are reporting Steve Bruce scouted Tomas Pekhart this weekend.

With the the Asamoah Gyan debacle, Steve Bruce’s striking problems have yet again been highlighted. It was unlikely that the Sunderland boss would have foreseen the need to use Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-Won so early.

That much is clear by his maintained reluctance to start either of them. In a game where Sunderland badly needed a win, he opted to keep these two on the bench and bring them on with ten minutes to spare when the game was well and truly over. Nicklas Bendtner is a good signing there’s no doubt about it, but there is a Gyan-shaped hole in the strike force Bruce needs to fill.

Considering the likely sale of the Ghanaian international next summer to big time pretenders Al-Ain, it would be safe to say Bruce can start making a contingency plan using the money he is likely to receive. His apparent target is Tomas Pekhart, Tottenham flop yet Czech league super star.

He has had his share of clubs, at the age of 22 he has played for six different teams and only very recently earned a move to Bundesliga team Nuremburg. After moving away from the shadow of both White Hart Lane and serious injury troubles, he has flourished and is now linked with a move back to the Premier League.

His record since leaving Spurs is good, but he might not be the household striking name Sunderland fans may wish for. They need a replacement for Gyan, not another Wickham or Dong-Won. For £5m it could be a fantastic deal .. or a terrible one.

Do you think Pekhart would flourish on his second attempt at a Premier League club? Is he the replacement for Gyan Sunderland need?

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