Sunderland forward Lynden Gooch has been speaking about Simon Grayson's man management skills.
The 21-year-old forward has broken into the first team on a regular basis this campaign, scoring twice including a penalty in the last home game against Cardiff City.
The striker has been reflecting on his start to the season and Grayson's approach with players.
In an interview with Sunderland AFC's website, Gooch said: "At the start of the season I wasn’t playing much, but in recent weeks I’ve broken into the team and I’ve been played quite a bit. I’ve managed to make an impact as well which is important.
"Every time I’ve not been in the squad [the manager has] spoken to me and urged me to keep going, as I’m close and I just need to keep doing the right things.
"That’s what I’ve done and when I’ve been in the team he’s tried to help me as well, and he’s given me a lot of confidence.
"It’s really helpful because there’s been times when I’ve thought I’ve had a good chance of playing and I’ve not, but he’s pulled me aside and said I’ve not done anything wrong.
"That’s really important as a young player because you can start to doubt yourself and dwell on it."
Black Cats goalkeeper on international call-up:
Sunderland youngster Michael Woud,18, has been reflecting on his first senior call-up to the New Zealand squad. The Kiwi's play an international friendly in Japan today.
Defender Sam Brotherton is also in the New Zealand squad.
"I am proud of it, I am still young and to get called up at my age is an honour," he said.
"I feel extremely proud because it is your national team – I just can’t wait to get started now.
"Hopefully I can go there and show what I can do because I have been given an opportunity and it is up to me to make sure I stay in this squad.
"I want to represent my country for years to come but it is up to me to put the work in to make sure I fulfil that.
"I want to enjoy myself, show what I can do and learn off some of the more seasoned players in the squad and hopefully improve my game."
Ticket details announced for Hertha Berlin game:
Sunderland’s U23s kick-off their Premier League International Cup campaign against Hertha Berlin at the Stadium of Light next week.
The opening Group B game takes place on Tuesday (KO 7pm).
Elliott Dickman’s side, who reached the final of the competition last season, will also take on Polish side Legia Warsaw and fellow Premier League 2 outfit Leicester City.
Tickets for the game are priced at £3 for adults and £1 for over-65s and under-16s.
A club statement said: "Turnstiles 1-8 and 17-24, located in the west stand, will be open from 6pm on the night of the game and car parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
"Supporters are reminded that unlike under 23 league games, there is no free entry for season card holders to this game due to competition rules."