Luke O’Nien has once again proven to be a popular figure among plenty of Sunderland fans, having scored the only goal of the game against Southend United.
The 24-year-old got on the end of a Denver Hume ball into the box with one of his trademark diving headers, sending it past Nathan Bishop, as shown in the highlights video on the Southend United Football Club YouTube channel.
In addition to getting his goal, O’Nien made 1 tackle, 1 clearance, 1 interception, 2 key passes, won 4 aerial duels and maintained a pass success rate of 81%, as per WhoScored.
Following the game, the fan favourite spoke about how pleased he was to have got the goal and win on the club’s official channels:
“Denver put it on a plate for me…”
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) November 2, 2019
Many Sunderland fans were delighted with the 24-year-old’s showing, while also showing appreciation for the attitude that he showed during the 90 minutes and his interview after the game.
With his contract coming to an end in the summer of 2020, as per Transfermarkt, there are fans who have demanded O’Nien is rewarded with a new contract, while there has also been the suggestion that he should be given the captaincy.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the performance, including posts from enthused Sunderland fans, can be seen below:
This lad is pure class in evet sense. He is the type of player every fan wants at their club. Get him signed up to a long term contract and build a team around him. He is quality.
— Mike Taylor (@MikeyTaylor83) November 2, 2019
To be fair, the diving header is dying art !! Excellent goal
— Jer (@jiander62) November 2, 2019
Give that man a new contract ASAP
— NT (@88NTaylor) November 2, 2019
Should be Captain!
— Paul (@PaulWil43270329) November 2, 2019
Can we clone Luke ?
— SeanSean (@seansean40) November 2, 2019
If in doubt put it on Lukes plate!
— Col (@ColArmstrong) November 2, 2019
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