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I can handle Sunderland responsibility - Gyan

Asamoah Gyan
Gyan is currently Sunderland's only fit first-team striker

Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is confident he can handle the expectation of being the first-choice striker at the Stadium of Light.

The 25-year-old is currently the club's only fit forward following Darren Bent's move to Aston Villa, and injury to Danny Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell.

"I don't doubt my quality, whether I am playing with two strikers or just one," Gyan told BBC Newcastle.

"I think my game is impressive so far, and it's a good thing for the team."

The Ghana international has responded well thus far, taking his goal tally for the season to 10 in 28 appearances with the opener in Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, before Michael Dawson and Niko Kranjcar secured all three points for the visitors.

However, defeat means the Wearsiders have now lost three straight games.

"It's sad that we have lost three games in a row, but the whole team is playing well," Gyan added.

"Unfortunately we concede silly goals, but if we keep on concentrating on the game then we can do much better because we are playing good football."

Sunderland signed Gyan from French Ligue 1 club Rennes in August 2010 for a club record fee of £13m.

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