Sunderland's Jermain Defoe offers his thoughts on new signing Dame N'Doye

N'Doye could make his Sunderland debut against Bournemouth this weekend.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is confident that new signing and fellow forward Dame N'Doye can help the club in their push for Premier League survival. 

N'Doye completed his loan move from Trabzonspor earlier on in the week and Defoe has noted a couple of aspects about his play that could help the Black Cats close the gap on their relegation rivals.

He is quoted in the The Northern Echo, saying:“I trained with him (yesterday) morning and you can see straight away that he’s strong. I’ve seen a little bit of him before to be honest, and he’s a good player.

“I think he’s someone that will help the team, and provide a presence up front. He will score goals, and it’s good to have someone like that here.

“He gives the manager a different option, and I’m sure he’s looking forward to the challenge. It’ll be nice if he gets off to a good start, but he’s joined a good team and a good bunch of lads – the team spirit here is brilliant. He’s come into a good dressing room, and I’m sure he’ll enjoy it here.”

One thing that this Sunderland side hasn't had under Sam Allardyce, which the manager likes given the way his previous clubs have played, is a focal point to their attack, and that's something that N'Doye can offer.

Another aspect he can offer is that he is a man who has had Premier League experience, most recently with Hull, while Allardyce has the option of playing both forwards as a front two - if he thinks that is the best way to go.

N'Doye could make his debut on Saturday when Sunderland face a crucial clash against Bournemouth. The Cherries are currently three clear of the drop zone but could be dragged right into the thick of things if Sunderland were to chalk up a win. The Black Cats are currently four points adrift from safety. 

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