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Ryan Noble progress exciting Sunderland management

Sunderland management are excited about the progress of young striker Ryan Noble this season.

Noble, 19, has been a prolific scorer at reserve and youth level so far, taking his season's total to 27 across both levels with a hat-trick for the second string against Wigan this week.

"What I've noticed most about Ryan is that he's helped by having players around him who are experienced and who know the game," reserves coach Keith Bertschin told

"They come and do a good job for us from the first-team squad and it gives the younger ones confidence."

Bertschin added: "Of course, he's enjoying his football and getting lots of goals. He wants to learn and he certainly looks like a confident player on the pitch.

"Accomplished is a little too strong a word but he's getting the hang of what we require from him, which is to be as dangerous as he possibly can for as long as he possibly can.

"I've been really, really pleased with his attitude and energy and his desire to get around the pitch to cause problems for the team he's playing against."

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