With Lewis Grabban coming in on deadline day, Bruce was delighted with that capture as it gives us a bit more strength in the forward line and with Jonathan Kodjia out injured, Grabban will help take the pressure of Keinan Davis who continues to learn his trade.
‘With the loss of Jonathan Kodjia, I didn`t want to go into a situation in five or six weeks time where we lose Keinan Davis or Scott Hogan. Then, at the most important time, we`re scrambling around for a striker. We have bought an experienced one who has had a good start to the season under difficult circumstances for him. He`s been around the block a bit – he has that bit of knowhow. On top of that, he`s a very good player. We are delighted with what we have done in the window. We have strengthened with Axel and Lewis. So we welcome them both here and hopefully they can take us where we want to get to.’
Grabban of course has already hit the back of the net 12 times so far this season during his time with Sunderland, but he hasn’t played since December 23 so we do need to get him back up to full speed, but he shouldn’t be too far off.
‘He`s been there, done it, worn the t-shirt at this level. That`s vitally important – and we know how crucial goals are. Since the loss of Jonathan Kodjia, thankfully the squad of players – especially the midfielders – have contributed to us going on the run we`ve gone on. It`s excellent business to bring in a proven striker now.’
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‘It might be a bit early for him because he hasn`t played for a month. So I am looking at the situation to say ‘do we train him for the next week because it`s fair to say he`s not done much since he`s returned to Bournemouth`. He`s been open and honest with that. The last thing we want to do is put him out there and he pulls a muscle because he`s not quite right. But overall, I am delighted he`s in the building.’
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