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Coleman hails 18-year-old Joel Asoro's influence around Sunderland dressing room

Joel Asoro of Sunderland controlls the ball under pressure from Osman Kakay of QPR during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland at Loftus Road on...

The 18-year-old Swede has been one of the Sunderland's standout performers since breaking into the first team, according to his manager

Jermain Defoe of Sunderland (L) and Joel Asoro of Sunderland (R) are dejected after Burnley score their second goal during the Emirates FA Cup third round replay between Burnley and...

Sweden under-21 international Joel Asoro, 18, has drawn praise from Sunderland manager Chris Coleman, who has been hugely impressed by the youngster's presence around the squad since breaking into the first team.

Asoro played an instrumental role in Sunderland's emphatic comeback away at Bristol City last weekend, which saw the Black Cats come from 3-0 down to earn a point. And the 18-year-old forward had a huge hand in two of Sunderland's three goals.

Despite Sunderland's struggles this season, the Swedish youngster has impressed in his break through year, having made 17 league appearances so far. 

Joel Asoro (R) of Sunderland challenged by Leandro Bacuna of Reading during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in...

Speaking to the Sunderland website, Chris Coleman was singing the teenager's praises, complimenting his attitude and dedication as well as his versatility as a player

"I thought Joel Asoro was absolutely excellent in the second 45 minutes," said Coleman.

"That [fearlessness] is what you need and he’s got a really good attitude – he doesn’t miss training and he’s ready for games whether we play him wide or down the middle."

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.

Sunderland currently sit second bottom of the Championship table on 26 points, 3 points from safety. With the season run-in about to commence, Asoro's young legs could play a huge role if the Black Cats are to back-to-back relegations.

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