Gary Rowell: Sunderland winger McClean is refreshing

Gary Rowell
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JAMES McClean has given us a different dimension and what I like about him is he does not stick rigidly to the touchline – he’s happy to get into the box as well.

We know all about Seb Larsson’s set piece delivery, but suddenly we’re looking a goal threat from both flanks.

McClean scored with a header from inside the six-yard box at Wigan and did the same at Peterborough.

There’s an avenue for him to exploit if he can keep getting into the area because he’s a big lad and the crosses are raining in from the right.

He’s got a shot on him too – the one which hit the bar nearly took it off!

I always think that the younger you are, the less you feel the pressure and McClean has injected some freshness into the team.

There are all sorts of different routes to the Premier League and he has done it slightly differently after coming from Derry.

But whether you come through the academy system or move from a smaller club, it all comes down to self-determination.

So many young players these days lack that or are just too timid.

But the kids who go for the jugular usually have the right attitude and the will to do well and McClean has got that.

He will take a man on, rather than passing back or squaring it and that is what has endeared him to the fans.

This kid just goes for it and that is refreshing.

READ the full column in Tuesday’s Echo