Sunderland U18 coach Craig Liddle is expecting big things from teenage winger Nathan Thomas.

Thomas netted both of the young Black Cats' goals in a 2-2 draw with Stoke City at the Academy of Light last weekend.

"He's had a long time out and we've nursed him back in," Liddle told

"It was good to see him get two goals, he gives us something extra, he's quick, direct and he's a threat so it's great to have him back in the fold."