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Pressure Is On Sunderland's New Star

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Sunderland’s record signing Asamoah Gyan has admitted he faces a stern task to justify his £13million transfer fee. The Ghanaian forward completed a move to the North East on deadline day, but the transfer raised eyebrows with its vast price tag, and Gyan is well aware that expectations from him will be high.

The 24-year-old told BBC Sport: “It has been my dream to go to England and it is one of the best moments of my career. I am somebody who can soak up the pressure. Sunderland is not like Chelsea who can buy players for £15m, but they did which suggests the coach has a lot of confidence in me and sees the calibre of player I am.

“As a spearhead people will expect you to score goals. Secondly they bought me with a huge amount of money and most of the fans will be expecting extraordinary things. But  I can deal with the pressure.”

Gyan’s confidence is admirable, but whether he can live up to his promises is another question.  Top players aside, It is rare that players come in from abroad and make an immediate impact in the Premier League, and you do feel that Sunderland have paid over the odds for a player with no experience of playing in England.

But what Gyan does have going for him is his physical qualities and exemplary attitude. While English fans won’t have seen much of Gyan, in the World Cup he was superb , showing some lethal pace and strength coupled with excellent finishes.

The worry for Sunderland fans will be that Gyan follows a long list of players signed on the back of a good World Cup.  A quick look over his past reveals a forward who although never clinical has always chipped in with goals, but has struggled with injuries. In the 2007-2008 season Gyan,  then at Udinese, was struck by injury and missed virtually the whole campaign.

But a move to France followed and Gyan scored 14 times in 48 games for Ligue 1 club Rennes.  That sort of record demonstrates the sort of role that Sunderland boss will be looking Gyan to play.  I suspect that Gyan will be the forward to do the dirty work, letting Darren Bent be the clinical goal-getter.

The problem with this though is that Gyan might not get the glory to justify his price. Football fans are fickle and often don’t recognise players who bring the subtle qualities of the squad together. But I hope for Gyan that Sunderland fans take note of what he brings to the team, should he not score the goals his price tag demands.

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  1. mac

    September 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I feel people are rushing to criticize the player before he even starts to play. This is a player who during the worldcup was ranked in terms of control and team play with the likes of messi.
    Honestly his manager must have that kind of believe and confidence in his play. Anyway he is in England where there is so much pressure but he is showing he can easily fit in Sunderland and is already banging in goals for them even with the little play time he is getting.
    He will be a great star for Sunderland when paired with Bent in a full 90min match.

  2. Kristian Downer

    September 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I may be wrong but I think Gyan did not show enough in the World Cup to prove he will be successful.

    In the games I watched, his touch was poor and he wasted many good opportunities, the kind of which he will need to take regularly to be a success in the Premier League.

    I think Sunderland have caught World Cup fever and I think it will come back to bite them.

  3. Lennon

    September 9, 2010 at 11:48 am

    He’s a decent looking player, I must admit… but it’s hard for me to believe that anything will change at Sunderland before Steve Bruce is out. Quite the overrated manager, if you ask me.

  4. Lee

    September 9, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Waste of money

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