Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has told The Chronicle that Dame N'Doye didn't come on against Bournemouth because he would have had to bring off Jermain Defoe.
The Black Cats drew 1-1 with Bournemouth, as after Benik Afobe had but the Cherries in front, Sunderland hit back with a Patrick van Aanholt equaliser.
Both teams pushed for a winner but couldn't find one, and a draw didn't do either side much good in their respective fights against relegation.
Some Sunderland fans have question why, with their side searching for a win, new signing Dame N'Doye wasn't brought on from the bench in search of a goal.
The Senegal international striker N'Doye, 30, joined Sunderland on loan until the rest of the season from Trabzonspor earlier this month, and was named on the bench against Bournemouth - but didn't make his debut at the Stadium of Light.
Now, manager Sam Allardyce has told The Chronicle that, to bring N'Doye on, he'd either have to take Jermain Defoe off or sacrifice a midfielder, something he didn't want to do in such an important game.
"The only way I could have (introduced N’Doye from the bench) was to bring Jermain (Defoe) off and I didn’t want to do that," said Allardyce. "I couldn’t risk playing two up front because the midfield battle was three v three and it had to stay like that. If we had diluted ourselves in that area we might have given Bournemouth better opportunities to score and we couldn’t afford to lose the game. But he’ll play sooner rather than later, I think," he added.
Fans will be expecting to see N'Doye soon, and after he made an impact at Hull City last season, there will certainly be hope that he can find the back of the net and rescue Sunderland this term.
Can N'Doye score the goals to keep Sunderland up this season?