Sunderland striker Ross Stewart has admitted he would like to test himself in the Premier League after working his way up the football pyramid, speaking to the Sunderland Echo.
The Scottish striker played a vital role in the Black Cats’ return to the Championship in May after their long spell in English football’s third tier, scoring 26 goals in all competitions.
Considering he had been placed under huge pressure to fill the huge void created by Charlie Wyke’s departure, he did extremely well last season and deserved to score a crucial second goal in the play-off final.
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The 26-year-old has managed to maintain that form during this tenure, registering five goals and three assists in seven league appearances before a serious thigh injury ruled him out of action, with the talisman unable to come back in force before the World Cup. Cup break.
His contract expires next summer, but the Black Cats have the option of extending that deal until 2024 with the 12-month option they have, although they could potentially be ready to cash in on him at some point. to make sure they don’t lose it for free.
And amid speculation surrounding his future, Stewart has expressed his desire to test himself at a higher level at some point.
He said: “I’m at a good age now and at a good level, and for me it’s about trying to maintain that now if not starting over.
“I came up the leagues in Scotland, came down here and went from League 1 to champions – hopefully I can establish myself as a good player at this level and maybe the next step somewhere in the future it’s going up to the Prem, wherever it is, I would like to test myself.
“It’s an exciting time for me, especially with so many games on the horizon.”
The striker is certainly someone who will attract interest if he continues to shine for the Black Cats, with his performances earlier in the season giving him real hope of being able to move up to the second tier effectively.
Unless he continues to score at the rate he did earlier this season throughout December, it would be difficult to see any club launch a major bid for him as other teams may be interested in see how he does in the second level over a longer period of time.
Because of this, his injury setback may have cost him a move in January, but given his contract situation and the Black Cats’ potential reluctance to let him go for free, he could easily get a move next summer. .
He will, however, have to continue to perform well if clubs are to come for him, so he must focus on his current mission of guiding the Wearside side to a promising end to this season, whether indoors or out. dams.
And if the 26-year-old does it perfectly, he will only become the subject of more interest, so he must continue to speak on the football pitch like he has.