Seb hails Bendtner style
Sebastian Larsson insists there is more to Nicklas Bendtner's game than the average target man.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 21/09/11 5:46pm
Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson insists there is more to Nicklas Bendtner's game than the average target man.
The pair have been reunited at the Stadium of Light having last worked together during Birmingham's promotion-winning campaign in 2006-07.
The Scandinavian duo also spent time together at Arsenal and Larsson is delighted they have crossed paths once more after Bendtner's loan switch to Sunderland.
"Obviously we had a very successful season together at Birmingham and Nicklas did very well," Larsson told The Sunderland Echo.
"He scored a lot of goals and was our main striker. I know how Nicklas plays and how he likes the ball and I think he knows how I deliver the ball.
"It helps that there's someone to aim for and, in general play as well, he's not just a guy who will flick it on.
"He tries to take the ball down off his chest and that's really important for us, especially in spells when you're under pressure.
"You need the guy up front who can hold it up."
Upon completing the loan deal, Bendtner, 23, vowed never to return to Arsenal and he has since said only a guaranteed starting role would tempt him back to the Emirates.
Larsson believes the Dane is happy at Sunderland, and hopes the striker will play a big role in their season.
"He seems really happy when I've spoken to him," said the 26-year-old Swedish winger of Bendtner.
"He probably felt it was his time to move on and enjoy his football somewhere else. I'm delighted he decided to come here because I think he can be a big player for us.
"People probably think he's a lot older than he is.
"But the only spell in his career when he played regularly was at Birmingham and he did fantastically well, so he'll benefit from being on the pitch more often than not."