Stephane Sessegnon

O’Neill’s Sessegnon challenge

by Stuart Vose

Boss looking to see sustained cutting edge.

Martin O’Neill felt Stephane Sessegnon was nearing his dangerous best against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

The Benin international created a number of chances in the 2-1 defeat and scored Sunderland’s goal himself with a precise effort from 12 yards.

The forward has been switched to the wing of late, with Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham paired up front against the Baggies for the first time.

And O’Neill feels Sessegnon is beginning to sharpen his cutting edge once more, something he says bodes well providing the former PSG man can sustain the form he showed last weekend.

“I’ve said half seriously and half jokingly that if Stephane could [show] a real end product to his game in terms of goals or chances created for other people, he would be one heck of a player,” he explained.

“I thought the game against West Brom went some way to confirming that.

“Not only did he score a goal, but he caused enough mayhem to generate clear-cut chances across the box upon which we tried to capitalise.

“That’s the sort of thing I’m looking for from him.”