Sky Sports pundit Jobi McAnuff has admitted that he believes that it was a fantastic piece of recruitment by Sunderland last year to seal a deal for Ross Stewart.
The forward was limited to just three league starts during the previous campaign after sealing a move to the Black Cats from Ross County.
However, following Charlie Wyke’s decision to call time on his stint at the club, Stewart was given the chance to lead the line by Sunderland boss Lee Johnson earlier this season.
The 25-year-old has now made the centre-forward position his own as he has produced some fantastic attacking displays for his side in the third-tier.
After netting a brace in last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Wycombe Wanderers, the forward will be brimming with confidence heading into tonight’s clash with Lincoln City.
Ahead of this particular fixture, McAnuff has praised Sunderland for their decision to swoop for Stewart during the previous January transfer window.
Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast about Stewart, McAnuff said: “I think if you’re looking to get promoted you need a striker who is going to get you that 20+ [goals] and he is certainly well, well on the way to doing that.
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“He’s been a real, amazing find and a really, really good signing at what they paid for him for.”
When you consider that Sunderland only paid a fee believed to be in the region of £300,000, it is hardly a surprise that McAnuff has praised them for this particular deal as his output in terms of goals has been fantastic this season.
Currently averaging a club-high WhoScored match rating of 7.62 in League One, it is surely only a matter of time before the forward breaks through the 20 goal barrier.
Having found the back of the net in each of his last three appearances for Sunderland, Stewart will fancy his chances of delivering the goods against Lincoln tonight.
By adding to his current goal tally in this particular fixture, the forward could help the Black Cats seal all three points in-front of their supporters at the Stadium of Light.