The Breakdown

Stewart Donald pulled off an incredible transfer in Luke O’Nien

Stewart Donald pulled off an incredible transfer in Luke O’Nien

Sunderland continued their unbeaten run on Saturday as Jack Ross’ drew to Walsall in the second round of the FA Cup.

After yet another relegation, Sunderland needed a complete rebuild from top to bottom and with Stewart Donald’s purchase of the club, Sunderland were finally given an owner who looks as though he wants to take an active role in the club, as opposed to Ellis Short.

The new owner quickly brought in St Mirren boss Jack Ross and then backed him in the transfer market to completely revamp the team. One player who joined the club over the summer was former Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Luke O’Nien who has played a key role from the bench and was praised by Ross following their win on Saturday.

The Breakdown

The 24-year-old has found it hard to break into the starting XI this season and as of yet he has only made one start in the league but due to his solid form of late, Ross decided to hand the midfielder the starting role against Walsall.

In the last three games, the energetic midfielder has scored one goal while also recording two assists. Overall, O’Nien has made 16 appearances for Sunderland but with George Honeyman, Dyland McGeouch and Lee Cattermole out with injuries, O’Nien could have a huge role to play for Sunderland over the next few weeks.

He may have only played a bit part role at the club so far this season but the 24-year-old has shown that he is a valuable player for The Black Cats.

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