As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Sunderland striker Bent the new Kevin Phillips - Bruce

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes Darren Bent is the striker the club has been missing since the days Kevin Phillips.

Bent has already hit 15 goals this term and Bruce is backing his £10m club-record buy to reach the landmark of 20 before the season is out.

Bruce told the Sunday Sun: "I'm quietly confident he'll get 20.

"With 12 games left, seven of them at home, if I were a betting man I wouldn't bet against him.

"When we signed Benty, I said I would be delighted if he scored between 15 and 20 goals this season and he has hit 15 already with another 12 games to go.

"Knowing Darren, I would expect him to be pushing hard to get to 20 now."

Video of the day:

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free