Things could not really have gone much better for Sunderland as they approach the halfway point of the League One season.
The Black Cats currently occupy an automatic promotion spot back to the Championship and sit just four points away from current leaders Portsmouth.
The Stadium of Light outfit have managed to clear a lot of the deadwood from the club, with Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong finally rid, whilst operations surrounding the Mackems appears to be running a lot smoother.
What is even more encouraging for Sunderland is that they have been able to cope with a number of injuries this season and have not let that affect them, with a number of players stepping up to the occasion and producing the goods, such as Josh Maja.
However, there is one real concern that the Black Cats potentially have and will not want to see it get any worse as it could seriously derail their League One campaign heading into the business end of the year.
There is no doubt about Max Power’s ability and what he brings to the Wearsiders.
He is a tenacious midfielder and has turned out to be a great addition to Ross’ side this summer, having joined from Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan.
However, he appears to love a tackle, which is not always a bad thing, but his disciplinary record would suggest otherwise.
The 25-year-old, who is valued at £675k by Transfermarkt, has been shown three red cards already this season, giving Ross a selection headache at times as he has already been unavailable for seven games through suspensions.
Power did have his third red successfully appealed, but should he receive another sending off, he will receive a five-match ban.
There must be a concern that if his aggression going into tackles is not heeded and his discipline does not improve, it could leave gaps in the Sunderland midfield that they may not always have the luxury of filling and could seriously derail their chances of playing Championship football next season.
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