George Honeyman says he is keeping his fingers crossed more starting opportunities come his way after making his full debut in Sunderland’s 2-0 FA Cup third round replay defeat to Burnley on Tuesday.
Sunderland have been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks while three key senior players are also currently away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Manager David Moyes was forced to delve into the youth team for the recent defeat to the Clarets and Honeyman, who grew up in Prudhoe, played the entire match.
The 22-year-old midfielder by no means disgraced himself but he was unable to do anything in the attacking third to help the Black Cats book their place in the fourth stage of the FA Cup.
An early exit from the competition could be a blessing in disguise for the north east side and the club can fully focus on trying to avoid relegation.
Sunderland are sitting 19th in the Premier League table, one point behind Crystal Palace in 17th, and they return to action on Saturday away at West Brom.
The Baggies, who are enjoying a good season and sit in eighth place, are firm 1.67 favourites to clinch all three points, a draw is priced at 3.60 while the visitors are the 5.25 outsiders to cause somewhat of a shock.
Honeyman is hoping to play some part in the clash at the Hawthorns and he insists he will give everything to try and help his side get a positive result.
He said: “I hope to be involved in the next games. I don’t go into games thinking ‘I don’t want to do anything wrong’. I want to set up goals, score goals, make the team play.”