Sunderland supporters have been pretty upbeat in recent times after seeing their side pick up a fifth successive League One victory last time out.
Jack Ross’ men went into their clash with Plymouth Argyle at Home Park having won their preceding four matches as well as five of their last seven, which dates back to their only defeat of the season so far at Burton Albion on September 15. And the Black Cats made it five victories on the spin back on November 3 as an Aiden McGeady brace in the second half sealed a comfortable 2-0 success for the North East giants, thus keeping them within three points of leaders Portsmouth.
As such, there have been many thrilled Sunderland fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have unsurprisingly been heaping praise on winger McGeady, who has began to rediscover his best form in recent weeks.
And it was former boss Simon Grayson who lured the Republic of Ireland international to the Stadium of Light for a paltry £252,000 (as per Transfermarkt) last summer, with Ross very much beginning to get the very best out of the ex-chief’s Sunderland bargain.
Ultimately, the Black Cats were seen to have pulled off quite the steal when luring McGeady from Premier League side Everton last year for a remarkably lowly fee, what with the 32-year-old having enjoyed a fine season at Preston North End, also under Grayson, the campaign before.
Yet the winger wasn’t able to inspire Sunderland to Championship safety last term despite netting seven times for the Black Cats in 35 league matches, although four of those came in his first nine appearances for the club to suggest that, when they needed him most as the season wore on, he wasn’t able to deliver.
And in missing the start of this term with a calf problem sustained at the rear end of last season, there were doubts about whether McGeady would be able to produce his best form under new boss Ross, only for the winger to prove those doubters wrong with some mightily impressive displays in recent times.
In fact, the Irishman, capped 93 times by his country, has run into a rich vein of form with three goals in his last two League One games for the Black Cats, all three of which helping Ross’ men to vital victories.
And in appearing in their last six matches in the third tier, it appears as though Ross has managed McGeady’s playing time superbly so that he is now in a position to get the very best out of him – his two most recent league displays suggest that he could be an asset going forward into the rest of the campaign.
So while the 32-year-old wasn’t able to deliver the goods consistently enough last term, he is very much on the upward trajectory under new manager Ross, who is very much getting the best out of Grayson’s steal last summer.
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