Sunderland manager sends encouraging message to Amad

Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray has challenged Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo to ‘bring it’ every time he steps onto the pitch this season.

Amad may need extra encouragement from his manager, coaching staff and maybe teammates at Sunderland after struggling on loan at Rangers last season.

“I am excited by the young lads that we paraded on the pitch the other day, last Wednesday,” Mowbray said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News. “Diallo, little clips today. We know he’s sharp, he’s quick, he’s nippy. He has to bring it really. In every football match he gets his opportunity and he will get opportunities.”

Although we always expected Amad to go back out on loan, the Ivory Coast international had to wait until the final week of the summer window to leave for Sunderland.

It is believed the former Atalanta youngster attracted interest from across Europe, but United felt he would benefit more from a season-long loan in the Championship.

The 20-year-old made his Sunderland debut at the weekend in a 1-0 defeat against Middlesbrough. He came off the bench in the second half and will be hoping to break into the starting line-up in the coming weeks.

First, he must impress Mowbray. They’ve got Millwall next.

SN’s verdict on Amad joining Sunderland

It’s a great move once Amad gets regular football.

It will be deemed a waste of time if he doesn’t get regular football — just like what happened at Rangers last season.

There’s no denying that Amad has tons of ability, but he needs to get his head down and work hard this season. I know James Garner left for Everton this summer, yet he used the Championship to his advantage last season to earn a multi-million transfer on deadline day.

We wish Amad all the best at Sunderland.

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