Keane won't burden Stokes
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roy Keane says Sunderland will not pin their promotion hopes on Anthony Stokes.
Roy Keane insists Sunderland will not be pinning their promotion hopes on new signing Anthony Stokes.
The Irish youngster has joined The Black Cats in a £2million deal from Arsenal after spending the first half of the season on loan at Falkirk.
Stokes scored 16 goals during his time in Scotland, but Sunderland boss Keane is determined not to burden the teenager with too much responsibility.
"We're desperate to get back in the Premiership and hopefully Anthony will play a part in that," said Keane.
"But we need to remember he is 18 years of age and he won't get us back in there himself.
"We need all the players, and all the squad, pulling together and we hope Anthony will play a vital part in getting us back."
Charlton Athletic and Celtic were also keen on Stokes, with Keane delighted to persuade the young hot shot to move to The Stadium of Light.
He added: "It was a difficult decision for him and we were in competition with one or two other clubs.
"I met Anthony on Friday with his dad and stated how much we wanted him, and said where the club is hopefully heading, and we left it at that.
"He told us he was speaking to other clubs, so we had to step back, say a few prayers and thank God we got him."