Chopra backs Jones for Sunderland success

Michael Chopra is excited by the potential of his strike-partnership with new Sunderland signing Kenwyne Jones.

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"Against other defences he will win the majority of headers and I have to get onto his flick-ons," said Chopra, who played against him in the Championship last season.

"I knew he was a big lad. He is a player who will give defences a hard time. He is a such a big powerful lad. He showed that against United and we have lacked his style.

"I'm a lad who gets in behind. We need a type of Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips pairing, what they used to have at Sunderland. Hopefully I can bring that to this club again.

"The clubs I have been at have tried to put me alongside a big rock who will take all of the knocks. I like to do the easy things and putting the ball in the net. Taking the glory."

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