‘Man United youngster is dynamic and explosive’ – Tony Mowbray

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Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray admits that he can no longer overlook the “dynamic and explosive” Amad when naming his starting XI on any given matchday.

Amad, 20, departed Manchester United on loan during the summer transfer window and has made 10 appearances for Sunderland in the Championship this season.

Mowbray said: “I think he got wrapped up in the game on Saturday (against Luton) emotionally and that was good to see. With his physical data, he was top in every aspect from distance covered to number of high-speed sprints, he was amazingly athletic as well as showing his talent.

“That bodes well for us and also accelerates him in my mind in terms of him being a starting player for us, beyond a young lad who I can bring off the bench.”

Mowbray added: “I’m hoping that over time that’s what happens with the other young lads, as well. At the moment they’re still feeling their way in, but with Amad – and maybe it’s because he’s had more game time – he’s in front and he looks to me like a first-team starter. They bring different qualities. Amad is dynamic and explosive.”