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Sunderland boss Bruce backing Riveros to match Palacios, Valencia

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is convinced of big things from Paraguay midfielder Cristian Riveros.

Bruce has unearthed gems in Wilson Palacios and Antonio Valencia from South America.

He said: "Cristian has a great pedigree and had a fantastic World Cup. I was glad we signed him before South Africa.

"He is something different to the other guys we had last season. He is a passer who wants to get in the box and score a goal or two.

"He had heard all about the Premier League and he thought 'wow!' It was difficult for him because we only had 10 men on the pitch last weekend.

"I sincerely hope he has the same impact as Valencia and Palacios. That is why we have brought him here."

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