Sunderland midfielder Alex Pritchard has spoken in glowing terms about Manchester United loanee Amad who is shining under Tony Mowbray.

The 20-year-old, who is spending the 2022-23 campaign on loan at the Stadium of Light, is currently one of the most in-form players in the Championship.

After slowly establishing himself in the Black Cats’ starting line-up, the four-time Ivory Coast international is living up to his burgeoning potential and is bringing consistency to his game.

The former Atalanta youngster has started Sunderland’s last six matches and during that run he’s scored four goals and provided one assist. He scored the opener in Sunderland’s 3-0 win against Millwall on Saturday.

Sunderland midfielder Alex Pritchard raves about Manchester United loanee Amad

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After being praised by Mowbray for developing his game and adding goals and assists to his game, Black Cats midfielder Pritchard believes Sunderland and United’s number 16 is reaping the benefits of playing regular first team football after a challenging loan spell with Rangers during the second half of last season.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, Pritchard said: “Amad has had his own journey. I watch football all the time and you see where he’s been previously.

“Coming here I don’t think he had much game time at Rangers and it was one of them he’s come to Sunderland and needs to play games and affect games.

“That’s what he’s doing at the moment so long may that continue. The boy is still young and has a big price tag on his head but that’s not his problem, it’s out of his hands.

“He’s a down to earth lad, he obviously works hard and you can see his qualities on the ball during the game. You never know where he could go.”

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While United do have the option of recalling Amad during the January transfer window, Mowbray believes the youngster would benefit from staying up north.

Pritchard was asked whether he believes that Amad could return to Old Trafford and establish himself in Erik ten Hag’s side.

The former Huddersfield Town man added: “Quite possibly but for him at the moment he’s at Sunderland.

“He’s a Sunderland player, he needs to get his head down, he needs to play football and keep affecting games and they will judge him off that.

“Both teams can benefit from it.”

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