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Sunderland's Gyan backs former foe Sessegnon

Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has tipped old rival Stephane Sessegnon to do well at the Stadium of Light.

Ghana international Gyan used to play against Benin star Sessegnon when the pair competed in France's Ligue 1 whenever Rennes and Paris Saint-Germain met.

Gyan knows very well the qualities Sessegnon can bring to the Black Cats' table and feels his time in England will be a success.

"He's a fantastic player. I know him from France and he was one of the best players in France," Gyan said.

"He hasn't played for quite a while, but since he came here, he has done well in the Premier League. He's a ball juggler and if he is in top shape, he will help the team."

And Sunderland manager Steve Bruce agrees with Gyan's thoughts despite a tough start to his Premier League life.

"The kid is disappointed because he has come in and played really, really well in a couple of games and we haven't won a match yet," Bruce said.

"But you can see he has taken to it straight away. I think he will be a big crowd-pleaser - he's a good player, the kid, and hopefully there's a lot more to come from him."

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