RYAN Noble has only talked about one thing since arriving at Victoria Park – so it will come as no surprise what he wants to mark the end of his loan spell with tomorrow.
Goals are Noble’s game, and he won’t be happy returning to Sunderland with just two to his name.
His latest effort was a stunning header to seal victory against Leyton Orient last weekend having opened his professional account with another winner at Yeovil Town in March.
But, for Noble, a goal against champions Charlton Athletic would be the perfect send off.
“It’s Charlton next and it’s up to us to go there and prove ourselves,” he told SportMail today.
“Big games like that are the ones you want to play in, to test yourself against the bigger teams and the best.
“For me, I need to score tomorrow, I want a goal to finish with.
“It’s no good scoring one then going six without scoring – I need to score one, one, two, one and get a streak going.
“I know it’s the end of the season but to score in back-to-back games for the first time at senior level would be massive for me.
“I promised the gaffer when I came here that I’d get goals and I wish I’d got more for him.”
Noble’s record stands at two from eight games in blue and white, but another at The Valley would take his ratio to one in three – not bad for a 20-year-old enjoying his first taste of regular first-team football.
“At reserve level I scored every game, all of the time,” he said.
“I think I’ve got to a level where I’m ready to move on from that now.
“It’s just a completely different world when you’re playing League One and that’s good.
“I probably thought I’d just score goals straight away, but it wasn’t really like that.
“In time, though, I think I will.
“I really believe that and the more I play the better I’ll become.”
Noble will return to Sunderland next week but the player has already stated his desire to return to Victoria Park next season and it would come as no surprise should Neale Cooper move to secure another loan deal during the summer.