Sessegnon: Variety has spiced up Sunderland

Stephane Sessegnon.
Stephane Sessegnon.

STEPHANE Sessegnon has no idea what team Paolo Di Canio will select for tonight’s final pre-season game, against Midtjylland in Denmark (5pm kick-off).

But he says there is no doubt that the head coach has options he didn’t have going into the close season – and nowhere more so than in attack.

“It’s good for the team that we’ve got a variety of strikers,” the 29-year-old former Paris Saint-Germain man told the Echo.

“We need every player for the team.

“The more good players you have to help the team then the better it is for me, for everybody.

“This season, we have more ambition than last year and we need the whole squad.”

The arrival of in-form United States international Jozy Altidore has given everyone a boost, while with South Korean striker Ji Dong-won having impressed so much in pre-season, following his successful loan at Augsburg last term, he might have played his way into Di Canio’s long-term plans.

And as well as Connor Wickham and Sessegnon himself, there’s also the impending return from injury of last season’s leading scorer, Steven Fletcher.

Sessegnon is a big fan of the Scotland international’s predatory goal-scoring ability and is looking forward to having him back in the side, believing the ex-Wolves and Burnley man has plenty more goals in him.

“It’s important because Steven Fletcher is a good player,” he said.

“I don’t know when he will be back, but every player is important for us.

“When Steven Fletcher is back, he’ll be good.”

Of the new arrivals, the exciting attacking potential of winger Emanuele Giaccherini has caught Sessegnon’s eye. And the Benin international believes that the Italian – like himself – will prove adept at unlocking Premier League defences.

“He’s just come in, but he works well for the team already,” he observed.

“He’s got a lot of talent, so it’s a positive for us.”