O’Neill sets Sessegnon target

The striker notched his third goal for the Wearsiders in the

crucial away win at QPR last time. While the 27-year-old has failed

to find his top form since his £6million summer switch from

Paris Saint-Germain, O’Neill has challeneged him to now push on and

find the net on a more regular basis. The Sunderland boss, whose

side take on Everton on Boxing Day, told The Sun: “When you are

searching around for a system to play, Sess doesn’t get enough

goals. “But he was interesting against Blackburn when I thought he

caused problems going down the flanks. “The lack of chances, and

not getting into the area, means he doesn’t score a lot so he feels

his best work is out of the box. “But it would be great if he was

prolific and I believe he is capable of scoring more goals. “It was

a great finish at QPR. I just want him to be able to play a proper

centre-forward’s role and get hold of the ball. “He got a big lift

from scoring the goal but I think there is more to come from him.”

O’Neill also believes on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner can

become a great player for the Black Cats. He added: “We all know

what Nicklas can do. He was up against some real competition at

Arsenal although speaking to him, you’d never know. “In his eyes

the only player better than him was Messi! But I know he’s capable

of causing real problems and being a great player for us. He has

the qualities.”