Before Sunderland’s win over Manchester City on Sunday, it is fair to say that there was a certain amount of pressure on Steve Bruce. Questioned for his activity in this summer’s transfer market and with his team taking a single point in games against Birmingham and West Brom, the Black Cats boss was looking for a break.
Prior to the match, Sunderland fans would have been more than pleased with a point against a side that has been vastly improved by manager Roberto Mancini.
The plethora of new signings including James Milner and Yaya Toure have helped create a solidarity that City lacked last season that also benefits from half of the future England team in the setup.
Wasting numerous glaring opportunities in the first half, Mancini’s City team were deservedly beaten by a late Darren Bent penalty that rewarded Sunderland’s impressive second half display.
Simon Mignolet’s man of the match performance, which included a fine reaction save from an Adebayor volley, was proof of the youngster’s much talked about talent that earned him his move to the English Premier League.
El-Mohamady was also on fine form showing pace and a real desire to attack the City defence. These two new signings were questioned after nervous performances in their first two games for Sunderland; doubts of the pair’s capabilities seemed to have been shrugged off quickly.
Following Sunderland’s triumph at the weekend, there is more news to have fans excited. A photo has been taken at Newcastle airport of striker Asamoah Gyan as he hopes to complete his move to Wearside before the end of the transfer window.
After much speculation on the Ghanian, Gyan looks set to join fellow international John Mensah at Sunderland in a move that has been reported at around £12million (though other reports suggest anywhere between £10million and £15million.) The photo of Gyan was posted on the fan forum ‘ready-to-go,’ despite other online journalists claiming it as their own.
Scoring three goals in the World Cup, Gyan impressed in South Africa. Though his goalscoring record at club level isn’t great, the 24-year-old has netted 22 in 44 for his country.
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