McClean can avoid pitfalls
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has no doubt James McClean has the correct mind-set to overcome any problems in his career.
Last Updated: 18/02/12 1:31pm
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has no doubt rising star James McClean has the correct mind-set to overcome any problems in his career.
The former Derry City winger was a signing of ex-Stadium of Light boss Steve Bruce, but he was not given his debut until O'Neill's first game in charge in December.
McClean has not looked back since and has made a sensational impact ahead of Saturday evening's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Arsenal.
There will inevitably come a time when the 22-year-old suffers a dip in form, but O'Neill is confident the youngster, who is reportedly close to a new contract, will take it in his stride.
The Sunderland boss said: "James has the temperament to see what potential pitfalls could be in front of him in terms of his form - the fact that at some stage it will happen.
"But I believe he can overcome any problems.
"I believe he has the mentality to do that and I also believe as well that all this is so exciting for him and that he just really enjoys playing football.
"I'm told that his approach had been just the same in the League of Ireland."