Sunderland striker Ross Stewart says he’s noticed a ‘big difference’ going from playing at Ross County’s Global Energy Stadium to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

The striker moved to English League One side Sunderland in January this year and his early season form has earned him the nickname ‘Loch Ness Drogba’ from fans. He’s scored five times in seven matches this term, and while the nickname is great to have, it’s the fan difference which has made an impact from his time in Scotland’s Premiership.

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Stewart left County in January. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Stewart said (SM): “I hadn’t heard it to begin with but then a few of my team-mates brought it up. There’s been a few jokes and a bit of banter flying about since. It’s an absolute cracker, fair play to whoever came up with the idea for the name. When the team are doing well, the fans down here take to every player.

“Of course, it’s nice to get some plaudits. I’ve gone from Ross County to Sunderland where we get huge attendances. That has made a big difference to me personally. I’ve never played in front of a home crowd this size.

“They do give you that extra five or 10 per cent on the pitch. And I’ll take any comparison to Drogba, to be fair. I can’t go wrong if they’re comparing me to someone like him!”

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