Danny Graham will come good for the side in the absence of Steven Fletcher, according to his Sunderland team-mate Adam Johnson.
The 27-year-old striker has yet to find the back of the net since his £5m move from Swansea back in January but Johnson is backing him to step up to the plate now Fletcher is out for the remainder of the campaign.
Graham has seven goals to his name this season, but none for the Black Cats, and Johnson is convinced he is ready to make his mark at the Stadium of Light.
He told Sky Sports News: “Fletch has proved himself this season. Without his goals, we would be in a lot worse position. He’s going to be a big miss for us.
“I think it’s important for the whole team to step up now and put the performances in we know we are capable of.
“It’s important someone gets the goals with Fletch missing because we haven’t scored that many or created many chances. When we get them, it’s important to put them away.
“I think Danny is a couple of games away from getting a good run.”
Misfortune struck for Fletcher on international duty when he was carried off the field on a stretcher just minutes into Scotland’s 2-1 World Cup qualifier defeat by Wales on Friday.
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