Sunderland signed left-back Laurens De Bock on loan from Leeds United during the summer transfer window, as reported by BBC Sport.
This could be putting Denver Hume’s place at risk, however, the 23-year-old gave a reminder of how effective he can be, as Sunderland went on to beat Accrington Stanley 3-1 to go fifth in League One, with a game in hand on three of the four teams above them.
His biggest contribution of the game – which was arguably one of the biggest moments of the entire match – came in the seventh minute.
Sunderland had gone 1-0 down to a Jordan Clark goal just two minutes earlier, but Hume took a throw, got the ball back and fizzed in a cross which Lynden Gooch acrobatically sent flying into the net, as shown in the highlights video on the ASFCofficial YouTube channel.
Hume also worked well defensively, making 1 clearance, 1 tackle and winning 4 aerial duels, as per SofaScore, while the 23-year-old also completed both of the 2 dribbles he attempted during the game and 5 long balls.
He could have kept possession better, as he only completed 58% of all the passes he made throughout the match, but this was largely down to the fact he played 19 long balls, which are less likely to be accurate.
This was the sort of performance that quietly helped make the difference for Sunderland on the day, while also staking his claim to keep the left-back spot his own despite the new competition.
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