Chris Coleman on Aiden McGeady, Jonny Williams, Jack Rodwell, Marc Wilson and more

Williams is set to make a first team return on Saturday
Williams is set to make a first team return on Saturday
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Chris Coleman wants Aiden McGeady to produce his matchwinning form when Sunderland take on Brentford.

The Irish international delivered a stellar display in the comeback at Bristol City and he now looks certain to start at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

McGeady is the club's top scorer this season following Lewis Grabban's departure and could benefit from a change of formation to reclaim his place.

Coleman said: "He came on for most of the second half and offensively he was right into it.

"He was very direct, not getting caught holding the ball for too long, he got passes off, switching the play. He showed great imagination, he was very quick in his thinking.

"He’s a matchwinner on his day, of course he is, but we need more days.

"We need him at this best tomorrow, and he needs to roll his sleeves up and be part of the team even if things aren’t coming off for him. Then those around him need to protect him because he has that ability to create something."

Coleman is also set to welcome Jonny Williams back into the fold after Liverpool loanee Ovie Ejaria picked up an injury.

Williams has not featured since the 2-2 draw with Millwall in November and the Sunderland boss believes the 24-year-old will add a different dimension to his midfield.

He said: "With Ovie coming from Liverpool, he can take the ball and he tries those little passes through the lines.

"He had a kick on his leg when he joined us, he's been playing through it and done OK, but it was a bridge too far for him this week and he pulled up in a session the day before yesterday.

"He stretched for the ball and felt very uncomfortable.

"We were hoping it would have calmed down over the last 48 hours but, so far, it hasn't so I don't think he is going to be involved.

"Jonny is the same [type of player] – he will commit two or three players and then try a little slip pass," he added.

"It will be nice to get him back because he is a bit different to what we have got.

"We have Aiden and Callum who are jinky wingers. Jonny is not like that, he commits players."

Adam Matthews is also in contention as Coleman chooses his side from arguably the biggest pool of available players he has had since arriving on Wearside.

He will, however, continue to take a cautious approach with Paddy McNair as he recovers from a groin problem.

Coleman said: "With Paddy, as a footballer, that particular injury, when anybody mentions it you wince.

"It's a tough one.

"When Duncan did his again, I'm quite sure that it sent a shockwave through Paddy's system.

"So we've given Paddy more game time with the U23s, and he has been training well with us this week.

"He is a big boy, he is powerful, he makes good forward runs, and that's what we need from him.

"In the Championship, you'd be surprised how far pace, power and organisation can take you," he added.

"But he also has to have his mind right, and know that physically he is ready.

"I think another game today with the U23s will do him a lot of good physically and psychologically.

"Brendan [Galloway] will play in that game as well. Jack [Rodwell] came off at half-time last week with an injury.

"Marc [Wilson] has had another setback so we are going to try a different pathway with him because he has not really responded.

"Lamine [Kone] has trained once this week and looks a bit more comfortable but this weekend is a bit too early for him, but next week he should be OK."