Bruce hails brilliant Bolo
Steve Bruce says Bolo Zenden is vital to Sunderland as a role model for the younger players.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 27/11/10 1:04pm
Steve Bruce says Bolo Zenden is a vital addition to Sunderland's dressing room and in particular as a role model for the younger players.
The Dutchman shows no signs of slowing down despite his 34 years and the Black Cats' boss knows how important the midfielder's experience is when helping the development of the up and coming stars at the Stadium of Light.
"He's enjoying the role of playing alongside these young kids," Bruce told the Daily Mail.
"He's exactly the type I wanted in the dressing room for them.
"This week he stayed out training with Danny Welbeck and Jordan Henderson, and he's still better than them all at shooting."
The former Dutch international has enjoyed a glittering career with the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool and Marseille.
But Zenden is enjoying some of his best football on Wearside this season having been plagued by injury last term.
Netting an audacious volley against Tottenham, and providing an assist in the 2-2 draw with Everton, is more than proof that Zenden can still make an impact in the top flight.
"I don't see retirement being anywhere near. I'm fit and I am feeling fit," said Zenden.
"I don't drink, I don't smoke. I have always taken care of myself and I have been lucky with injuries. Your body is your tool, so why destroy it?
"The younger players are old enough to make their own mistakes and learn from them. Jordan doesn't drink and he has gone all the way up to the England squad.
"If you look at the Tottenham stats, I was up there with Jordan. We covered the most ground."