Bruce relishing Bendtner link up
Steve Bruce is delighted to be working with Nicklas Bendtner again after securing the striker on a season-long loan.
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Last Updated: 09/09/11 11:57am
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is delighted to be working with Nicklas Bendtner again after securing the striker on a season-long loan.
The Denmark international joined from Arsenal before the transfer window closed after slipping down Arsene Wenger's pecking order.
The 23-year-old is a striker Bruce knows well after the pair worked together at Birmingham City during the 2006/07 campaign.
Bruce believes Bendtner needs to playing regularly in order to display his best and he has confirmed the new signing will feature against Chelsea.
Bendtner bagged a brace in Denmark's midweek win over Norway and Bruce insists the striker's ability has never been questioned.
"Nicklas will play," Bruce said on Sky Sports News. "He's here to do one thing, play football. He's not played a lot.
"He'll be a big, big asset for us. I'm delighted to have the chance to work with him again.
"I think it was four or five years ago when I took him to Birmingham as an 18-year-old.
"It hasn't gone so well for him over the last 12 months, but as we've seen in the international in midweek he's a very, very good footballer.
"If we can get him up and running, like we did with the likes of Danny Welbeck then it'll be great for him and for us of course.
"There's no question in his ability. He's had a bad 12 months since his car crash. It shook him up a bit. He's lucky to walk away to be honest.
"It's a chance for him to take the shackles off and come and play here. That's what he wants to do week in, week out. We'll give him that platform and if he performs like we know he can do then we've got a very good player on our hands.
"He's only 23 so he's got a big, big future ahead of him. He just needs to go at play. He's hard work at times, but he's got outstanding ability."