James McClean vows to take on Premier League defenders

James McClean
James McClean

JAMES McClean has vowed to continue taking on opposition defenders after seeing his style reap instant rewards in the Premier League.

The Sunderland winger has been likened to a throwback from a by-gone era, with a single-minded desire to beat the full-back and then deliver a cross from the by-line.

While the former Derry City man’s gameplan achieved success in the League of Ireland, there are not many natural widemen in the same mould plying their trade in the Premier League.

But the 22-year-old has starred in his first two Sunderland starts and will persist with the ploy drummed into him during his formative years in Northern Ireland.

McClean said: “It has felt strange, I just seem to have adapted straight away to the Premier League, but the more I am playing, the more confidence I am getting.

“I am playing with no fear. I have great confidence in my own ability and that has always been me.

“No matter who the full-back is I’m faced with, I want to get past him and get my crosses and shots in.

“It’s always been my game growing up. I was a winger who just liked to try to beat the full-backs, get in the crosses or try to get a shot away.

“That’s what I have always enjoyed doing.”