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.”