Gyan is gone.
Personally I think this is great for the team. Why? I posted last week saying that Gyan out of the team means a better team performance as you have 11 people playing their heart out instead of 10. Gyan was always a very lazy player who didn’t suit the type of play that Sunderland needed (read; Welbeck chasing everything last season) not some lazy guy that frustrates others around him by his perceived lack of effort. Don’t get me wrong, this works brilliantly for players such as Berbatov, but Gyan is not in the same league as him.
I think that because of the departure Bruce will have to play the 2 up front of which Bendtner and Ji are by far the strongest, Ji Dong Won is a good player and shouldn’t be underestimated. If you’ve watched him play for Korea (12 app, 8 goals) you will know he can finish, and in fact his goal against Chelsea was technically very good, many players wouldn’t have had the composure.
Gyan was never going to fit Sunderland’s playing style, although you have to admire them for trying to bring in World Class players, it just seems that the old form performance meter isn’t the best for domestic sides.
Bendtner is exactly the type of player, he believes in himself and obviously Bruce. He too is actually a really good player, similar technical finishing to Ji watching the Denmark games. It will actually be refreshing to have strikers that can strike the ball cleanly and it find the target, not like Bent who needed to be 2 feet in front of the goal.
Two strikers who are happy and positive leading the line is a good thing for the club.
As someone who’s lived in Korea around Korean athletes I know that they will give everything on the field because success means SO to them. It’s a very hard place to live with intense competition in everything they do, so you know the lad will try his hardest and practice until he’s great at what he does.
And for all of you that like pictures, I added some more facts to Gyan's Wiki.