Phillips tips Stewart to explode for Sunderland after 'amazing' development

Kevin Phillips is over the moon for Ross Stewart after he scored on his Sunderland debut.

The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, tipped the 24-year-old, who will be “full of confidence”, to go from strength to strength in the remainder of the season.

Stewart made his debut as a second-half substitute at Accrington Stanley last night, scoring the opener in a 2-0 victory.

The centre-forward was signed from Ross County in January but has had to wait to make his bow for the Black Cats because of injury.

Speaking after the Wednesday’s win, Lee Johnson said Stewart’s signing was “a coup” for the club.

Phillips believes the debut goal is great news for the the player, Johnson and the rest of the squad.

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“Speaking for experience, it is always nice to score on your debut,” he told Football Insider.

“What a time to do it as well. Sunderland have such an important run in and now I expect him to kick on.

“It was a tough game away at Accrington. To score on your debut is amazing because there is so much pressure.

“It does not matter if there is a crowd in or not. When you pull that red and white shirt on your know you are playing for a big club so it is nice to see him get off the mark early.

“For Lee and the squad it is great. There is competition and backup for Charlie now. Charlie has had a lot of pressure on his shoulders this season and now Lee knows he has another goalscorer in his squad.

“Stewart will be full of confidence for the rest of the season. It is positive news all round.”

In other news, Phillips tells Sunderland to beat Sheffield United to ‘sensational’ Sanderson signing after his price tag is revealed.