Sunderland are currently holding onto a playoff spot in League One as they look to work their way back to the Championship.
Jack Ross appears to have brought some long overdue positivity to the Stadium of Light this season and has managed to get them playing some great football once again.
The former St. Mirren boss managed to make a number of additions in the summer to boost their chances of a return to the second-tier of English football, however, one man believes it is “unbelievable” to have some of the players still at the Black Cats.
Reece James told the Sunderland Echo that he has found it incredible that the likes of Bryan Oviedo, Aiden McGeady and Lee Cattermole at all still at the club and is looking to make the most from playing alongside them.
“You learn from him everyday, and you learn from each other,” he told the Sunderland Echo about Oviedo.
“You might see certain things he does in training and you might think ‘I can take that into my game’.
“He’s someone we all can learn from.
“I picked his brain when I first came here just asking what the World Cup in the summer was like. It’s unbelievable to have players like that, and Lee Cattermole and Aiden McGeady who were unbelievable Premier League players who shouldn’t be at this level.
“But it’s great for somebody like me to play alongside them.”
Keeping the trio at Sunderland could actually be considered a surprise as many would have felt the three would have left the club following their demise to League One.
James, who only arrived in the summer, is right to suggest that he could learn a thing or two from Oviedo, as the player does have some experience at the top levels of the game and could only help to further develop his career.
Sunderland are one of the favourites to win promotion back to the Championship and Ross being able to keep the trio at the club will surely have helped to improve their chances of doing so.
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