Josh Maja made the perfect start to the season last weekend, but he’s hungry for more.
The striker’ superb solo effort hauled Sunderland back into the game against Charlton Athletic, and handed the Lads the initiative as they clinched an opening-day win.
Maja, 19, showed a key trait against the Addicks that will serve him well, as he dusted himself down following an early miss before bouncing back in style.
And although he’s currently the only fit striker within Jack Ross’ squad, he’s happy to shoulder the pressure and make the most of the opportunity.
“The main thing was to stay positive and keep working hard for the team, but I thought I would definitely get another chance to score and when it came I took it.
“Getting off the mark is very important for a striker because it builds confidence, so I’m going into Luton this weekend ready to get a few goals and win.”
He continued: “Of course there’s pressure [due to the injuries we have up front], but I thrive on that and I like playing with it.
“The manager has shown in trust in me and he’s given me confidence to do what I want to in the team, so with more games and more experience I’ll show that.
“Every team wants to win as many games as they can, so as one of the top teams in this league that’s what we have to do to bounce back up.”