RR: So.... Ross Stewart then. Is he any good?
John: He is good. In fact, he is really good. He has been Ross County’s top performing player in the last two or three seasons.
RR: Some fans might look at Stewart’s record this season and think... well, it doesn’t appear as though he’s having a very good season. Is that fair? Why do you think he hasn’t hit the net as regularly as he has in past seasons?
John: He has been injured for the last few weeks, but before that he was out of position on the left wing. He was helping one of our youngsters, Josh Reid (who I believe is on the verge of signing for Coventry) develop on the left, and it also gave Ollie Shaw a chance to play up front.
RR: What I don’t understand, is... if he’s so good, why put him on the wing? Is your manager daft or something?
John: In a word, yes! We did the exact same with Liam Boyce before he went to Burton Albion - another who is a great striker, but he got pulled back into midfield.
Honestly... the crap we put up with...
RR: How would you sum up his time at Ross County?
John: He maybe started off a bit slow at first, but once given a run in the team he became our top player. He was a great replacement for Liam Boyce (who went to Burton Albion and was a huge success there - Sunderland fans will remember him well as the man who scored the goal to send us down in 2018), although they are different styles of players.
RR: What sort of striker is he?
John: He is tall and skinny, but he can make good runs in behind. He’s just a total work horse that grafts hard for the team. He has been used out of position a lot on our left wing, but played well there, and would sprint up and down for the whole game. Maybe he needs to be scoring more as a striker, but he holds the ball up well, too.
RR: Would you be disappointed to see him go?
John: Obviously, I’d be absolutely gutted to see him go as he is a great asset to our team, but it was always inevitable that he would move on to bigger and better things. He still has bags of potential, and I think there’s a possible Scotland cap ahead for him.
RR: Do you think he’s capable of scoring in League One?
John: He would score goals in League One, for sure. In fact, he will probably like the style of play better than he does in the Scottish Premiership. Scottish football can be scrappy at times, and I think that Stewart would enjoy a more open, passing style of play.
RR: Overall, what would you say to supporters who maybe aren’t sure about Sunderland being linked with his signing?
John: He would be relatively unknown down there with you guys, but he should definitely be given a chance to prove himself. If he can stay injury-free and get a run of playing games on a regular basis, he could easily be a great signing for someone.