The Black Cats have scored three goals in their opening games, despite injuries to three of their striker options - with Josh Maja contributing heavily.
Despite being just 19-years-old, Maja sits joint-second in the League One top scorers charts, having netted two goals - and for that reason should continue to be the main man for Sunderland this season for the time being.
Ross has had no choice but to rely heavily on the striker who moved to Sunderland from Fulham in 2015, but Maja has delivered. The Black Cats will have new signing Charlie Wyke back in line for a place in the first-team in the next few weeks, with Jerome Sinclair and Duncan Watmore also returning from injury soon after.
Despite his inexperience, however, Maja's performances give Ross no choice but to continue playing him - or certainly until his on-field display's suggest otherwise.
Most noticeable from Maja's initial performances this season has been his shot efficiency, with the striker currently at 100% shot accuracy for the season - hitting the target with all three of his shots. His recent goal against Luton was his most impressive of the two, taking an expert touch from a Lynden Gooch pass and slotting it home like a seasoned striker.