Sunderland legend Niall Quinn has been praising starlet Duncan Watmore, despite the Black Cats suffering another dispiriting defeat last night.
Watmore came off the bench in the 1-0 loss against Liverpool, with the 21-year-old unable to prevent Sam Allardyce's side suffering a fifth defeat on the spin.
But ex-Sunderland striker and chairman Quinn - who was at the Stadium of Light as a pundit for Sky Sports - had plenty of praise for Watmore's attitude.
Quinn said: “His desire, it’s a joy to watch.
"He’s a young lad coming in, but he’s not worried by what’s going on around him. He’s taken the game by the scruff of its neck, but needs some of his team-mates to react accordingly.”
Watmore, himself, knows the importance of Sunderland ending their losing streak with a victory in Saturday's crunch basement battle against bottom club Aston Villa.
Sunderland are now seven points adrift of safety and face a Villa side with just one win to their names all season.
Watmore said: “We know Villa is a big game, but we have to treat it as professionally as you can and play your own game."
Allardyce is hoping to boost Sunderland's survival bid with fresh blood at the start of the transfer window.
Centre-half Lamine Kone is one of three players that Sunderland are hoping to immediately sign when the window opens on Saturday.