WTTGT Writer: David McManus
Onlooking Arsenal fans might have actually felt sorry for Nicklas Bendtner on Monday night.
Despite his best efforts, the big man was yet again fed on scraps throughout the night as his Sunderland side slipped to another poor defeat – this time at Norwich.
You’ve got to feel sorry for him really. He has came from one of the best footballing sides in the country to one of the best hoof-ball merchants in the league.
At least that’s the case at the moment; Bendtner is being used in totally the wrong system – a one that doesn’t suit his style of play.
Maybe the demolition of Stoke a week earlier papered over some cracks for Sunderland fans, one of those being the partnership between Bendtner and Stephane Sessegnon.
A week prior, the pair linked up quite nicely in a 4-4-1-1 formation, but in other matches since Bendtner joined – and particularly on Monday night – there was very little evidence to show the partnership will work.
The two most notable opportunities Bendtner had were both crafted from his hard work and skill.
The first came from a poor Sessegnon pass, which Bendtner salvaged by controlling with his right and swivelling to volley on target with his left – had it gone in it would have been a contender for goal of the month.
His second chance was easier, not easy by any means, but didn’t require as much skill as the first.
Capitalising on a defensive error, Bendtner rushed to slot in the ball from a difficult angle with the outside of his boot, only for his effort to be tipped wide.
Many Sunderland fans are now calling for Bendtner to be given more support up front, perhaps with Ji Dong Won or Connor Wickham partnering him.
At least that way he won’t be in a constant battle to hold off two or three defenders single-handedly, but until the changes are made and he is given more support, he might just have to settle for being the target man for the foreseeable future.
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