Sunderland have managed to find another gear of late in League 1, but it seems that players have not been able to keep up with the pace that they are moving at.
Sunderland are unbeaten in the League since the turn of the year, but it is only recently that their form has vastly improved.
Prior to the 4-2 win over Gillingham a couple of weeks back, Sunderland had managed just two wins out of eight League games in 2019, with the remaining six being draws.
That win has been the catalyst for another push to displace the top two in the division, as including the Gillingham game, the Black Cats have won their last three games.
They have clearly stepped up the level of performance of late, but there have been a couple of players have not had the successes others have in that side this season.
With that being said, let’s take a look at two Sunderland players that have somewhat struggled this season…
Oviedo has made 21 appearances across all competitions this season, but he currently finds himself far down the pecking order at left-back.
Following a potential deadline day move to West Brom falling through, as reported by Sunderland Echo, Oviedo is yet to play since then, having featured just twice since the turn of the year due to the competition for places and his own battle with injuries.
Given how impressive Reece James has been at left-back, the fact that Denver Hume is fit once again and the versatility of Adam Matthews, Oviedo will have to wait for his chance, that is if another chance arises, as when he has played he has not been on top of his game.
Wyke has had to play second-fiddle to Josh Maja and now Will Grigg throughout the season. However, when he has been provided opportunities, which has been relatively often with 14 League appearances, six of them being starts, he has not been so impressive and has amounted just the one League goal.
The 26-year-old is probably best when paired up front and with good service to feed off, but unfortunately for Wyke, playing two up top does not really fit Jack Ross’ system.
If he is to turn his form around, he will have to do what he can within his cameo appearances off the bench to prove himself to Ross and stake his claim for a more regular spot in the side.