Sunderland managed to give themselves an excellent chance of reaching the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy with an excellent 3-1 win over Carlisle United.
The Black Cats, who were without a number of their first-team players for the game, decided to use a number of youngsters, with many of them impressing.
One man that did was Benji Kimpioka, as he took just two minutes to open his Sunderland account and Jack Ross has warned that the Swede still has plenty to improve upon.
His managed acknowledged that the teenager was still making decisions that would be expected for someone of his age, but has challenged him to get better when he does not have the ball.
“He has good attributes to his game but a lot that he needs to improve upon,” he told the Sunderland Echo.
“He’s 18, so you would expect that.
“As a striker you can’t ask anymore than that, to score so early in the game. Off the ball there’s a lot he needs to improve on but he was a threat throughout.
“It’s a good milestone for him, starting and getting his senior goal.
“Hopefully it’s testament to the good work that goes in the academy.”
Kimpioka will have been delighted with his contribution in the game against Carlisle and will now be full of confidence.
The Swede, who has joined up with his country’s Under-19 squad, will have realised that he could have done things better and will surely take the challenge given to him by Ross with both hands.
Should he continue to develop at the rate he is going, it should not be too long before he is in contention for the senior side, having seen the likes of Josh Maja breaking through and making the most of his opportunity.
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