Steve Bruce happy with Kenwyne Jones sale


Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is content that he made the right decision to allow striker Kenwyne Jones to leave the club to join Stoke City this summer.

The 25-year-old has scored four goals in six appearances for the Potters, including four in his last four outings, but Bruce is happy with the £8million transfer deal.

He told the Sunderland Echo:“To be fair, I expected Kenwyne to go to his new club and make an impact. He’s that type of player.

“Good for him and I mean that. But it doesn’t change my view on the decision to let him leave – I think it was time for him to go. I think he was probably past his sell-by date at Sunderland.

“But I wish him luck because he was never, ever a problem for me in terms of getting on with him – I just wanted to go in a different direction.

“I’m very happy to have Asamoah Gyan in as a replacement and that’s probably an understatement. He’ll be an absolutely fantastic player for us, I’ve got no doubt about that.

“It’s just a question of him getting him absolutely fit, because he lost out on that peak fitness over the summer after the World Cup and he didn’t do much at Rennes either.”

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