Bruce on the nine new men at Sunderland

WITH the £40million generated by the sale of Jordan Henderson and Darren Bent, Steve Bruce has refreshed his squad with nine acquisitions he believes offer big-game experience in defence, creativity in midfield and huge potential in attack.

WES BROWN: “He has the mentality of a winner. He’s tough, uncompromising and a really natural defender. If we can get him on the pitch enough, he’ll be a massive hit for us.”

JOHN O’SHEA: “John and Wes have the experience to handle the big-game atmosphere that the North East brings. Everyone’s shocked when I tell them O’Shea has played more than 350 games for Man U – that’s not the record of a bit-part player.”

AHMED ELMOHAMADY: “He impressed. For the fee that was agreed, we felt it was a good piece of business. He did well enough to justify making the move permanent. He’s young and he can only improve.”

KEIREN WESTWOOD: “I couldn’t be in the same position as last year when I was gambling on putting a rookie keeper in when Craig Gordon got injured. Keiren will prove an excellent addition for us.”

CRAIG GARDNER: “He’s something different in midfield. He got 10 goals last year in a team that got relegated and we needed goals from midfield. If there was an Achilles Heel last year, that was it for us – we didn’t score enough from midfield.”

DAVID VAUGHAN: “He’s a footballer, if you know what I mean. He’s really neat and tidy, good in possession and he’ll give us a bit of balance with his left foot as well. He’s a good player and on a Bosman, I thought he was a certainty.”

SEB LARSSON: “We’ve been poor from set-pieces and delivery, we’ve never had a natural deliverer of the ball. He’s a Swedish international with fantastic quality. You can guarantee his crosses and that’s something we’ve been lacking.”

JI DONG-WON: “Probably the biggest gamble of the lot because he’s Korean. He’s got fantastic movement, a great work ethic, he’s a good finisher and he’s only a young age. He’s played 11 or 12 times for his country and scored five-six goals.”

CONNOR WICKHAM: “The big thing about Conor is that he’s got fantastic potential. The physique of the boy, especially for a lad of 18, is everything you’d want. He’s got fantastic talent and he’s got great potential too.”

WITH the £40million generated by the sale of Jordan Henderson and Darren Bent, Steve Bruce has refreshed his squad with nine acquisitions he believes offer big-game experience in defence, creativity in midfield and huge potential in attack. Here, the Black Cats boss assesses his purchases

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