KENWYNE JONES has come from nowhere to take the Premier League by storm.
That’s the view of Sunderland’s record buy Craig Gordon.
Jones arrived on Wearside from Southampton in August a virtual unknown, despite his hefty price tag.
But the Trinidad & Tobago striker has wasted no time in making a name for himself with a series of powerhouse performances that have invited comparisons with Chelsea superstar Didier Drogba.
Jones is Sunderland’s top scorer with five goals so far but it is his all-round game that has caught the eye.
Last weekend he played as a lone striker against Portsmouth and ran their experienced central defensive pairing of Sol Campbell and Sylvain Distin ragged.
And Gordon (below) agrees that Jones is the man who makes Sunderland tick.
The Scotland international keeper says: “Kenwyne is a massive player for us – he makes the team work.
“He can do a bit of everything – he holds the ball up well, he works hard, he can score goals with his head but he also has very good feet for a such a big guy.
“I think he is the complete footballer, really, and he has been a great signing for us.
“You can see why people have compared him to Drogba – the similarities are there.”
Jones is Sunderland’s leading scorer with five Premiership goals to his name so far and will be a key figure in the Wearsiders’ survival scrap in the second half of the campaign.
Gordon added: “He will have a big say in our games between now and the end of the season.
“He is also still young, so he has time on his side and he can continue to improve and become a top, top player.”