Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia believes that striker David Healy will have a major role to play for his side in the next few months.
The 29-year-old Northern Ireland international has scored twice in a mere eight appearances this season, but Sbragia thinks that Healy is starting to impress in training after a dip in form.
He said: "David's done really well. He's a player who seems to be in the right place at the right time in the 18-yard box and he can put it away.
"He's clinical in that area and seems to get himself two or three chances. We've been pleased with his overall work-rate and his team play in general has been good.
"We spoke about seven or eight weeks ago. He was a bit down in the dumps and I told him of his importance to the squad, we needed him.
"He wasn't there just to be a number, but he was there to push the other two (Djibril Cisse and Kenwyne Jones).
"That showed in that we didn't let him go in the window. He has that little knack of scoring goals and we need that at present."