Last Updated: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:56
Boss Gus Poyet claims Sunderland striker Connor Wickham is playing his way into his plans for the remaining games this season.
His brace at Manchester City almost gave the Black Cats an unlikely win on Wednesday but they had to settle for a draw in the end as they battle to avoid the drop.
The England Under-21 star has impressed when called upon and his efforts on Wednesday may ensure he starts the club's remaining games in the battle to avoid the drop.
"When I got to the club there were five or six strikers and it was impossible to play them all," said Poyet.
"He's still young and he needs to play so we gave him the chance to go and play.
"He played well, we brought him back, then he went on loan again, and then we had a few issues at the top and I made the decision to bring him back and play him.
"If he delivers, you want to keep playing him. In our situation, if you deliver something important, you put yourself in the team.
"Don't worry I'll find the shape for you to play, because you deserve to play."
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