This time last season, Sunderland had Darren Bent, Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck in the squad although the trio have all left the club and Steve Bruce feels that the former missed out on the chance to become a legend at the Stadium of Light.
Bent was a surprise departure from the north-east club last January when he seemingly made a horizontal switch from Sunderland to Aston Villa where he has continued to score goals.
However, Bruce claims that Bent could have broken several scoring records by remaining on Wearside thanks to his excellent ratio of goals to games.
“For me, Darren did fantastically well and no-one can deny that.” said Bruce.
“His goal-scoring record here was quite staggering and I think you could argue that the goals he gave Aston Villa when he left us last season probably kept them up.
“He could have been, in my opinion, one of the greats of Sunderland, and I’m talking about up there with the very best goal-scorers in the club’s history, if he had hung around. He would have broken a lot of records”.