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Unsung Hero: Joel Lynch took his opportunity to stake a claim for starting spot

Unsung Hero: Joel Lynch took his opportunity to stake a claim for starting spot

Joel Lynch made his league debut for Sunderland during the 2-1 win against MK Dons on Saturday.

The man signed for free from Queens Park Rangers during the summer will have seen this as an opportunity to stake a claim to be a regular starter – it is a chance that he took, despite not being able to keep a clean sheet.

Lynch was an indomitable presence at the back for Jack Ross’ side, as he completed both of the tackles he attempted while making 3 clearances and 3 interceptions, as per WhoScored – he was joint-top for the number of interceptions made, alongside MK Dons’ Russell Martin.

The 31-year-old was also third for the number of aerial duels won, behind Jordan Willis and fellow summer signing Laurens De Bock, having won all 4 of the duels he contested.

He even showed that he can make an impact in the attacking third of the pitch, having completed 1 key pass during the match – though he could do with improving his pass success rate of 62%, which was the lowest of any Sunderland outfield starter.

The main frustration for the 31-year-old and his teammates is that they weren’t able to keep a clean sheet, something they still haven’t managed to do in the league this campaign, as per Transfermarkt.

However, Lynch can certainly take positives from the game, having staked his claim for a starting spot at centre-back.

Will Jack Ross finish the season at Sunderland?

Yes

Yes

No

No

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