Sunderland travels to Bramall Lane tonight, to face Sheffield United in the third round of the EFL Cup. The Wearsiders dumped out Premier League side Burnley in the last round, defeating them 1-3 at Turf Moor.
With Sunderland only managing to scrape a point from Bolton Wanderers, thanks to a 92nd-minute penalty from Aiden McGeady, Jack Ross is under increasing pressure from their fans. After the club failed in their promotion bid last campaign, it’s imperative they achieve it this season, and so far it’s been more of the same. 1-1 draws.
The cup presents a healthy distraction, and a chance for Ross to get the fans back on side if they can progress to the fourth round tonight.
So, let’s have a look at a couple of players that may get a chance tonight…
Ross made Grant Leadbitter his captain, following the departure of George Honeyman to Hull City in the summer. The midfielder has struggled, particularly away from home, just too slow and negative on the ball. McGeouch is Sunderland’s best midfielder according to many but rarely features. A player that wants the ball, looks to move the ball forward and quickly which is what they need.
The most expensive League One signing in history, and he can’t buy a goal. It’s one of them, if he scores a goal, it might just give him that confidence to score a hatful. He’s missing chances that he would’ve scored in his sleep at Wigan Athletic, whether it’s his confidence, desire, the service he’s getting is another question – but Sunderland need to find a way of getting him firing soon, or they’ll be settling for the play-offs again.