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Bruce: Sagbo is top class

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has described Yannick Sagbo as 'top class' as he continues to adjust to English football.

Sagbo joined the Tigers from French club Evian in the summer, and has settled well into English football.

The 25-year-old started his seventh consecutive game for Hull against Swansea City on Monday and, although Danny Graham captured most of the attention after ending his long goal drought, Bruce was also impressed by Sagbo.

"He really was terrific, I have to say. He was top class," said Bruce.

"Strikers are judged on goals and he has to put that in his locker but his work-rate and ability to hold the ball up was fantastic.

"He can only get better. If he stays with it, his game will only get better because it's difficult for any player to come into the Premier League, but he's done it very well."

Bruce admits there is always an element of risk when recruiting players who do not have Premier League experience, having travelled back to France last week to scout possible targets.

"You have to admit you're always taking a bit of a gamble when you're signing somebody from France. Can they adapt quickly and settle down," added Bruce.

"It's a different game. I was there last week again and it's very different. Yannick is adapting well and let's hope that continues through the rest of the season."

Hull have only won one away game out of eight, and know it is an area they will need to improve if they are to start climbing the table.

Bruce said: "We know how difficult it is away from home in the Premier League. That's our eighth away game and they've pretty much all been in the top 10. There's only really Manchester United and Liverpool we've not played. It's got to be a good point."