James Hunter has praised the performance of Jack Clarke as Sunderland drew 0-0 at Lincoln City in League One on Saturday afternoon.
The Lowdown: Two points dropped by Sunderland
Alex Neil’s team will feel as if it was two points dropped more than one gained, given the amount of possession and chances that they had in the match.
Should Sunderland start Clarke?
Still, they find themselves in the play-off positions, but will certainly be looking over their shoulders at both Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe Wanderers behind them.
The Latest: Clarke praised by Hunter
Writing in his latest player ratings piece for The Chronicle, Hunter waxed lyrical about Patrick Roberts in particular, giving him an 8/10 overall rating, the highest out of any Sunderland player on Saturday.
The journalist claimed that the 25-year-old was their ‘best player by a mile’ and ‘looked a cut above’, as the Imps ‘just couldn’t handle him’.
Hunter also praised Clarke’s display, given him the next best rating of a 7/10, noting his ‘real attacking threat’ and claiming that he did ‘everything but score’.
The Verdict: Clarke improving
Clarke is certainly improving on Wearside, having recently registered a goal and an assist against Fleetwood Town and Crewe Alexandra respectively, on top of his impressive performance against Lincoln (Transfermarkt).
Neil has certainly shown a lot of faith in the Tottenham loanee, playing him in every match so far under his management, and the 21-year-old will want to continue impressing not just for the Black Cats, but for Spurs as well.
The loan deal looks to have been a successful one so far for both parties.
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