Fulop - I can replace Gordon

Blacks Cats keeper doesn't believe boss has to buy replacement

Fulop: Has a point to prove

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Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop is determined to prove to Steve Bruce that he does not have to delve into the transfer market to replace the injured Craig Gordon.

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Gordon faces another frustrating spell on the sidelines after it was revealed he would be out for three months with a broken arm following a collision with Jermain Defoe in the match with Tottenham last time out.

Sunderland manager Bruce has since been linked with a January move for Portsmouth's David James but Fulop is confident he can fill in for the Scotland international.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper kept Gordon out of the side last season as he made the most of his team-mate's poor luck with injuries, but succumbed to a heel injury himself towards the end of the campaign and has, up until now, failed to regain his place.

"I don't think the manager has decided yet who his number one is," Fulop said.

"The more games you get, the more chances you get to impress and I hope we get a good result against Arsenal now and I can play my part.

"I definitely don't think the manager needs to bring in a new goalkeeper. Sunderland have three good goalkeepers, I include Trevor Carson as well, Craig is Scotland's number one and a very good goalkeeper, and I am an international as well.

Point to prove

"All three of us want to prove to him that there is no need to sign another goalkeeper."

Fulop admits that he is fed up with sitting on the bench and wants to take this opportunity and re-establish himself as the Black Cats' number one.

"It's not nice. You are here to play," he told The Journal. "As a foreign player you miss your family, but if you're playing it doesn't hurt quite so much.

"I have never been someone who is willing to sit on the bench and pick up my wages.

"That would be easy money but I have always wanted to work hard and to prove to my family, my friends and my team-mates that I'm a good goalkeeper.

"I think in the long-term that attitude brings you rewards. You will get what you deserve."