Gardner lauds Bendtner deal
Craig Gardner has hailed the arrival of Nicklas Bendtner and believes he will spearhead Sunderland's attack.
By Soriebah Kajue
Last Updated: 06/09/11 4:20pm
Craig Gardner has hailed the arrival of Nicklas Bendtner and believes his ability will see him spearhead Sunderland's attack.
The 23-year-old joined the Black Cats on deadline day from Arsenal and is poised to make his debut against Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Bendtner has previously played under Steve Bruce earlier in his career during a loan spell at Birmingham.
His self-assured manner and forthright opinion of himself have sometimes caused a stir in the media, but his team-mates insist they are just happy to have him.
"To be honest I haven't played with him before but I know what he is capable of," Gardner told the club's official website.
"He's a big strong lad who scores goals - we can't wait to get him on the training field now and see what he's got.
"Nicklas has a big reputation and he's always looked good whenever I've seen him play."
Having been schooled in the Arsene Wenger philosophy on how football should be played, Gardner is not surprised the Denmark international is the complete package.
His height means he will always pose a danger to defenders in the air but he is also adept with both feet at finding the net - a skill that will make him even more of a commodity to the Black Cats.
"You can cross a ball in the box and you know he'll be there because he's great in the air," added Gardner.
"He's strong with both feet and holds the ball up well. You need players like that in the team.
"It's more competition and more pressure on people to do well and score goals. That's great to have."