Sunderland must offload Luke O’Nien against QPR

Sunderland must offload Luke O'Nien against QPR

Sunderland return to Championship action this afternoon with a home clash against Queens Park Rangers.

The Black Cats suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, after picking up their first League win of the season last weekend.

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Now that Alex Neil’s side are back in league action in front of their home fans, this will be the best way for them to put their midweek defeat behind them and continue to collect points in the Championship.

As for what Neil’s starting XI might look like, one figure who featured in the defeat against Wednesday who we feel should be in from the start this time around is Luke O’Nien.

After coming on as a second-half substitute in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Coventry City, the midfielder was an unused substitute in last weekend’s win over Bristol City.

The 27-year-old then completed the full 90 minutes against Wednesday in midweek and put in a performance that will have his manager questioning whether he keeps his place in the squad this time around for his first league start of the season campaign

Against the Yorkshire club, the Englishman, who has already been hailed as a “revelation” in the past by Jack Ross, had 81 touches of the ball in total and completed 50 of the 55 passes he attempted, with two assists key and a shot. goal under his belt.

Should Luke O’Nien start against QPR?

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Defensively, O’Nien won 14 of the 16 tackles he took part in, as well as making one clearance, three interceptions and seven tackles, which is more tackles than any other Black Cats player. day. .

This display ultimately earned him an impressive overall match rating of 7.9/10 on SofaScore, making him Sunderland’s highest-rated player on the day, even ahead of Elliot Embleton, who has featured in the two first two Black Cats. league games of the season.

Going forward, with today’s opponents having the third-best goals-per-shot ratio (0.21) in the division, having someone with O’Nien’s defensive attributes in the squad could be the best way for Sunderland to a positive result.


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