Steve Bruce has talked up the performances of Asamoah Gyan and, in particular, his adaptability to the role of solitary striker.
He makes it sound almost like something we’d planned all along.
Bruce told the official club site Gyan – not, incidentally, the same Asamoah mentioned in reports about interest from Manchester City (that’s the Udinese player Kwadwo Asamoah) – was “ideally suited” to the way he is currently being played:
“I think he enjoys it because he’s played there all his life – with his national team, with Rennes and with Udinese before that. He’s not unaccustomed to it and I believe he’s played very, very well.”
First of all, hats off to Asamoah, who has scored 10 goals and set up a few for teammates.
But the absences of Danny Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell with injuries mean that the abrupt loss of Darren Bent – good business though it was – has left us in a pickle.
Yes, playing Stéphane Sessegnon or Kieran Richardson in a more forward role might well start to work.
But these are surely emergency measures. What happens in the event, hardly beyond imagination, of Gyan being hurt or suspended? We play with no recognised striker?
We just hope it does not take a demoralising slide down the table to get the club to accept what many supporters believe to be, beyond reasonable doubt, the case: that it was an extraordinary gamble to allow the transfer window to shut without bringing in an attacker.