Joel Asoro looks like the first name on the Sunderland team sheet all of a sudden

Wales' head coach Chris Coleman gestures during a training session at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 9, 2017, on the eve of the friendly football...

Sunderland attacker Joel Asoro stood up to be counted in Chris Coleman's side's last match.

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Chris Coleman may have told the Chronicle that he feels Sunderland’s Joel Asoro can get bullied in matches, but the youngster may just be the first name on the team sheet at the Stadium of Light right now.

Asoro may still be inexperienced, but he has been one of the bright spots in a highly disappointing campaign so far.

The 18-year-old’s performance against Bristol City was one of guts and quality, and it shows exactly why Coleman has so much faith in the young attacker.

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...

Sunderland were 3-0 down against Bristol City, and many youngsters would have folded in such circumstances.

Asoro, though, responded in the best manner - and stepped up his game.

The prospect caused the Bristol City defence no end of problems, and it was ultimately his trickery and determination which forced a last minute own-goal, which saw Sunderland complete their comeback.

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...

Asoro now should have a great deal of confidence behind him going into this weekend’s match with Brentford.

And Coleman, who has suggested that he will make changes on Saturday, should ensure that Asoro remains in Sunderland’s starting line-up, as he looks like one of their most dangerous weapons right now.

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