Steve Bruce insists he will have the best centre-forward in the Championship to pick from him when Gabby Agbonlahor is up to absolute top speed.
Agbonlahor was put on a conditioning programme when Bruce arrived, expected to last six weeks by the manager.
However, he says the long-serving star is “ahead of schedule” as he utilised the pacey star as a substitute against both Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers.
Bruce is excited about what Agbonlahor can offer when he’s at 100%.
He told us on Facebook Live: “Gabby made an instant impact when he came on against Blackburn. I want that for 90 minutes now rather than 20-25 minutes.
Make no mistake he wants to be a player again here.
Bruce on Gabby
“He’s ahead of schedule. I didn’t think he’d respond the way he has done. Fair play to him.
“He’s been battered here for a while, for whatever reason. Maybe he’s say he deserved it at times.
“But make no mistake he wants to be a player again here.
“In the moments he’s played, he’s showed exactly what he wants to do. The rest is up to him.
“There’s no better centre-forward in this league if he’s fit.”