DANNY ROSE is confident his left-sided partnership with James McClean can blossom as the on-loan Spurs man begins to unleash the shackles on his attacking ambitions.
Left-back Rose has impressed since arriving at the Stadium of Light on transfer deadline day after helping Sunderland to five points in his three top flight outings.
But the England Under-21 international believes he can still offer far more going forward after originally breaking into the Spurs set-up as a left winger.
Rose says McClean can help that facet of his game, with the Republic of Ireland wideman ever-willing to land a helping hand defensively.
“Hopefully if I can stay in the team, the left-side can blossom,” Rose told the Echo.
“I like to attack, but in the first few games I’ve tried to hold back a bit. But now I know when James wants the ball and when he makes a run.
“He’s brilliant with the ball, but it’s not just that. He makes my job a hell of a lot easier because his engine is great.
“He always tracks his runner and helps me out massively. I think that aspect goes a bit unnoticed. I’m buzzing to be playing on the left-hand side with him.”
Rose is yet to taste defeat in a Sunderland shirt, although that record faces a stern examination this weekend when the Black Cats head to Premier League champions Manchester City.
The 22-year-old was a captivated viewer last season when Sunderland became the only side to take points off City at the Etihad after being pegged back to a 3-3 draw.
And Rose says a first top flight victory of the campaign against Wigan last weekend has handed Martin O’Neill’s men a timely confidence boost by putting a far more positive slant on their unbeaten start to the season.
Rose added: “It was never negative. We hadn’t won, but on the same scale we hadn’t lost. On Saturday, we knew the game was a must-win and we’re over the moon we did it.
“Hopefully that three points will work wonders for us.
“At times it wasn’t that pretty, but there’s definitely loads of positives to take out of it. This weekend’s fixture makes it all the more important that we got the three points against Wigan.
“I’m not going to say we’re going there to get turned over. But it’s nice to get a bit of confidence going through the team and we’ll see where it takes us.
“I remember last year that the lads did quite well at City. Hopefully we can use some of the positives from last year and take it into the one on Saturday.”