Sunderland’s under-18 coach Elliot Dickman has heaped praise on young left-back Denver Hume after the defender's superb contribution in his side's 3-2 defeat to the Middlesbrough under-18s. 

Hume scored one and set-up another in one of many quality performances this season.

“Denver has had a good year,” Dickman told “In term of his development he has had some ups and downs but he is on more of the up side at the minute and he has done terrific.”

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Hume joined Sunderland at just 10 years old and has already become one of Sunderland's most assured under-18 players. Sam Allardyce will be keeping a keen eye on the left-back, who could break into the first team within the next couple of years.

​However Big Sam has bigger immediate concerns to worry about, Sunderland face the prospect of relegation as they lie in 19th place, 1 point behind arch-rivals Newcastle.

Sunderland travel to high-flying West Ham this weekend, who are fresh from their 5-1 thrashing of Blackburn in the FA Cup. Big Sam will be hoping his Sunderland side can continue their good form by winning in their last ever visit to the Boleyn Ground. 

Allardyce enjoyed a turbulent time as West Ham United boss, he earned the club promotion but failed to gain the respect of the fans due to his conservative style of football.

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