Sunderland fans excited by Maja potential following goalscoring performance

Sunderland have suffered plenty over the last few years, but at the moment they are in a strong position in League One.

Jack Ross’s side are currently second in the standings, three points adrift of leaders Portsmouth after 16 games.

On Tuesday night, attention turned to the Checkatrade Trophy, which saw a handful of youngsters get a runout.

The star of the show was Josh Maja, who scored his 10th goal of the season with a late strike over Morecambe to send the Black Cats through to the last 32 as Group A winners.

The 19-year-old has been on Sunderland’s books since 2015 when he joined their academy from Fulham.

This season so far, the forward has played in 15 league matches, scoring nine times for the North-East outfit.

The teenager’s latest heroics, in which he ended a goal drought that stretched back to the beginning of October, have got the fans talking, with many confident that he can become a key figure at the club.

After he found the back of the net, plenty of supporters were quick to tweet their praise.