Dobson was brought to Sunderland from Walsall over the summer, and he has made a big step up by moving to the Stadium of Light.
Dobson has been eased into life at Sunderland by Ross, who has been careful to protect the summer signing.
And Ross admits that he thinks the 21-year-old has found the step up tricky.
“I’m sure he’ll admit, a bit like Luke O’Nien when he came here, he’s found training tough, his head has been in a tumble dryer with it at times,” Ross said.
“But I just keep reminding him he’s a good player and that’s why we brought him here.
“He’s a great addition for us, he will help us this season and he’s going to get better as time goes on like Luke has.”
Dobson started Sunderland’s first two league games of the season, but he has been taken out of the team since then.
The combative midfielder has now not featured in any of Sunderland’s last four starting teams in League One.
Dobson did score for the Black Cats in the League Cup against Burnley though, which suggests that he is starting to adjust to life at the Stadium of Light.
Dobson has already proven his quality at League One level and he was one of the stars in Walsall’s side last season, despite their relegation.
Sunderland will be hoping that their new signing finds his feet sooner rather than later, as the pressure is building after a mixed start to the campaign.
Ross’s side have only lost once in all competitions, but they are only in sixth place in the League One table, after winning three of their first six matches.
Sunderland are next in action after the international break, when they take on Accrington Stanley.
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