Sunderland will feel confident that they can go all the way in the current campaign, after securing an impressive three points against AFC Wimbledon last time out.
The Black Cats managed to strengthen in a number of areas during the January transfer window, so Jack Ross will be hoping that his new signings make a huge impact from here on in.
However, a couple of the club’s first-team members haven’t lived up to expectations at all this season, with the club’s January signings pushing them even further down the pecking order.
Indeed, one player who isn’t fit to wear the shirt is summer signing Alim Ozturk.
The Turkish international had a difficult start to life at the Stadium of Light and it’s safe to say that it hasn’t gotten much better in recent times, with a mixture of an injury and poor performances letting him down, despite impressing once in the Checkatrade Trophy last month. Sadly for him, the likes of Tom Flanagan, Jimmy Dunne, Jack Baldwin and Glen Loovens all remain ahead of him in the pecking order when fit, so his chances of having a future on Wearside look very slim unless he improves drastically.
Another player who hasn’t quite hit the heights in the current campaign is Donald Love.
Love has spent a large part of the season out injured but he wasn’t particularly impressive during his time on the field, and he definitely wouldn’t be securing regular minutes in the side now Adam Matthews is fit and with Luke O’Nien playing well when called upon. Indeed, the 24-year-old lacks the attacking edge that brings Matthews so much success down the right-hand side. And, considering he didn’t take a wage cut after Sunderland suffered relegation to League One, he’s done very little on the field during his limited appearances.
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