Sunderland fans were gushing over Jordan Willis’ most-recent performance after the centre-back put in a commanding display against Oxford United on Saturday afternoon.
Having visited the Kassam Stadium in search of all three points, Phil Parkinson’s side managed to take the win with the help of an own-goal by John Mousinho inside the first five minutes, via the Mackem’s defender’s own attempt putting them ahead (BBC).
The Wearsider’s current form has sent them within three points of League One leaders with Rotherham United and meant they had kept their seventh clean sheet in eight matches (per Sky Sports) and it would seem many of the club’s faithful have put that down to Willis’ contributions.
The 25-year-old, who joined Sunderland in the summer, has been a key figure for the Black Cats this season. The former Coventry City enforcer has already gone on to make 30 appearances in the league, achieving an average of winning 3.7 aerial duels, 0.8 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 4.8 clearances (per WhoScored).
Indeed, he continued that fine form once again against Oxford on Saturday, as he completed a further three clearances.
Here is what just some of the Sunderland fans had to say about Willis’ latest showing…
Also, Jordan Willis, my goodness. He is stellar. #safc
— Grant Tunkel (@GTunk) February 15, 2020
Great 3 points today #SAFC. Toughed that one out 2nd half, great defensive commitment, seemingly a great team spirit developing & another clean sheet!!! Jordan Willis- colossal
— Paul Robinson (@robinson200) February 15, 2020
Jordan Willis is the best centre half Sunderland’s had for years
— Will_Crisp™ (@CrispyLAD) February 15, 2020
Absolute class performance from Jordan Willis #safc
— Xan Gill (@XanGill) February 15, 2020
This defence is unbelievable at the minute, Jordan Willis MOTM outstanding. Great win kamaaaaan
— Jake Holyoak (@jakeyholyoak) February 15, 2020
@SunderlandAFC Absolutely awesome 3points away from home in these horrendous conditions great workman like performance from the lads and another clean sheet onwards and upwards #hawaythelads Sunderland till i Die Jordan Willis is without a doubt the best centre back in the league
— Darren Chatton (@DChatton86) February 15, 2020
Jordan Willis absolute outstanding performer
— nathan rutherford (@nathanr184) February 15, 2020
Another massive win today! Jordan Willis was outstanding. Check out my report here. https://t.co/j5OwE7CVmh
— Alex Miller (@AWMiller15) February 15, 2020
What a result.
The defence were once again absolutely outstanding. Jordan Willis with a perfect performance. These are the games that will get you out of this league. Just 3 points from 1st now. Parky ball is making me believe, we've all got to be 100% behind him and team. #SAFC
— Kieron Weatherall (@KieWeatherall_) February 15, 2020
— Ryan Frost (@BigFrost5) February 15, 2020
Jordan Willis has to be up there for Player of the Season. If we do go up, it's because we've actually started to defend. And he's the heartbeat of it all. Tremendous player. #SAFC
— Michael Potts (@MichaelPottsRT) February 15, 2020
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