Jamie Redknapp says he has been impressed with Duncan Watmore.
Sunderland's Duncan Watmore netted in the win over Stoke City at the weekend, as the team begin to show encouraging signs of improvement.
It is Sam Allardyce's second win in succession as Sunderland boss, having led them to a win over Crystal Palace one week ago.
Former Premier League midfielder Jamie Redknapp was impressed with the impact Allardyce is making, praising the boss in his Mail column, and also singled out Watmore for praise.
He said: "I've also been impressed by young Duncan Watmore. He's so fast and dribbles well with the ball and that combination rattles defenders.
"He's an intelligent lad and he could become a good player."
Academy breakthrough star Watmore offers genuine hope to the club and their fans, and his performances have acted as a catalyst for their recent success.
His confidence is sky high after a game turning performance for England's under-21 side earlier this month, and Sunderland are benefitting from it, while Allardyce also deserves credit for putting him in the first team squad on a regular basis.
He was a substitute at the weekend, but came on early in the first half after Jermain Defoe picked up an injury, preferred to Fabio Borini, and went onto score in the 84th minute, shortly after Patrick van Aanholt's opener.
Sunderland are now out of the relegation zone, climbing above Newcastle and Bournemouth thanks to their two successive wins.