Chris Coleman impressed by Callum McManaman in Sunderland training

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

Sunderland winger Callum McManaman has made just 12 starts this season.

Wales' manager Chris Coleman follows the game from the touchline during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Georgia and Wales in Tbilisi on October 6, 2017.

Chris Coleman has told the Sunderland Echo that Callum McManaman has impressed him in Sunderland training.

McManaman has struggled to hold down a place in Sunderland’s starting line-up this term, with the winger often overlooked.

However, Coleman brought him back into Sunderland’s starting line-up against Reading, and the wide man caught the eye.

McManaman helped the Black Cats pick up a 2-2 draw against Paul Clement’s side.

Sunderland Unveil  Callum McManaman for the first time at the Academy of Light on August 31, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

And Coleman said: “He is a really good lad, he hasn’t always started, but nevertheless his attitude in training is first class, he always wants the team to do well.

“He has a genuine love for the game, he wants to play football, I was pleased for him.

“It is hard to play in that position when you haven’t had so many games, there’s a lot of running, he affected the game for us.”

McManaman has made just 12 league starts for Sunderland this term, and hasn’t made the impact many were hoping.

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

The former West Bromwich Albion man has just one goal and two assists to his name across the whole season.

McManaman could be utilised by Sunderland until the end of the campaign though, with the pressure on.

Coleman’s side are likely to need to win every one of their remaining matches to stand a chance of survival, with the Black Cats currently sat six points away from safety.

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