Sunderland boss O'Neill convinced of McClean Premier League class

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is delighted with the emergence of winger James McClean.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is delighted with the emergence of winger James McClean.

He says the 22-year-old’s emergence could spell an end to Sunderland’s long-running search for a left-sider to bring some balance to the side.

“I’ve been delighted with him,” O’Neill told the Sunday Sun.

“He has come in and given us a big lift. He has brought enthusiasm and a freshness to the team, as well as a lot of ability down the left-hand side.

“At the very worst, he has made sure that there is no need to rush out and bring someone in to play in that position.

“He has a place in the side now and he can go on and make it his own.”

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