In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
Sunderland have had some terrible signings in recent years, such as Jack Rodwell who had his bumper contract cancelled, as reported by BBC Sport, while Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong didn’t even bother to turn up to training in the end, as per The Guardian.
So as the Black Cats look to get themselves back into the Championship and beyond, there was a need for hard-working players who were willing to put in much more effort to come into the club who valued what it means to be part of their team.
Luke O’Nien showed signs of this as soon as he arrived, with the former Watford midfielder’s announcement on Sunderland’s official club website being emblazoned with a photograph that showed a beaming smile on his face.
He was also quoted as saying: “It’s a huge honour because it’s such a big club. The last few days have been pretty manic for me and it’s all happened so fast, but I’m delighted to be here, and I can’t thank the club enough for giving me the opportunity.
“The direction of the club is only going to be up, and I’m going to do everything I can to help get the club back to where it belongs.”
While there are many who say things of this sentiment, O’Nien has proven that he means it, with Roker Report claiming he “embodies this new version of Sunderland”.
So far, the 24-year-old has played 60 games for the club, as per Transfermarkt, having featured in both full-back positions, on both wings and as a centre-midfielder, still managing to score five goals and get 10 assists.
He has put a lot of his emotions into the club, as shown in his tweet following the play-off final defeat, which has been greatly appreciated.
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