Player of the Day: Asamoah Gyan

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Ghanaian striker in the spotlight.

Asamoah Gyan made 37 appearances for Sunderland in his year on Wearside between September 2010 and 2011.

He joined the Black Cats from French side Rennes after spells in Italy with Udinese and also on loan at Modena.

Gyan signed on August transfer deadline day in 2010 and scored on his debut in a 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

He followed that strike up two months later with his first goals at the Stadium of Light in a 2-0 win over Stoke City.

The Ghanaian international would then star in the famous 3-0 away victory at Chelsea, scoring the second goal with an incisive finish as the Black Cats moved sixth in the Barclays Premier League.

Gyan’s equaliser deep into injury-time against rivals Newcastle United was his seventh for the club in just eight starts.

He scored in a 3-2 defeat at Stoke City before notching his last goal for the club in a 4-2 win over Wigan Athletic at the Stadium of Light.

Asamoah made just four appearances at the start of the 2011-12 campaign before joining Al Ain on a season-long loan deal.

After helping the UAE club to their tenth league title with 22 league goals, Gyan made the move permanent ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

He is the captain of the Ghana national football team and has scored 37 goals in 75 appearances – just four goals short of becoming the nation’s all-time leading scorer.