After securing a win in their previous League One match at the weekend against Ipswich Town thanks to two late goals from Luke O’Nien and Aiden McGeady, Sunderland are back in action once again with an away clash against Shrewsbury Town this evening.
On the chalkboard
In terms of which players Black Cats manager Lee Johnson could select to be a part of his starting XI on this occasion, one player that featured in the win at Ipswich that should not be in the starting XI this evening is Nathan Broadhead.
Before being replaced at the 80-minute mark last weekend, Broadhead had just 29 touches of the ball, fewer than goalkeeper Ron-Thorben Hoffmann who had 33 touches.
In those 29 touches, Broadhead only managed to make 11 passes with no crosses, key passes or even a shot at goal.
The 23-year-old also failed to complete any of the three dribbles he attempted, ultimately earning himself a rather uninspiring overall match rating of 6.3/10, making him one of Sunderland’s lowest-rated players on the day according to SofaScore.
Despite playing out of his normal centre-forward position against Ipswich where he played in the left-midfield position, it could be in Sunderland’s best interest if Johnson takes him out of the starting XI for the match against Shrewsbury and potentially bring him on as a second-half substitute if they need another attacking option on the pitch depending on what the scoreline is.
Would you start Broadhead against Shrewsbury?
Since joining the Wearside club on a loan deal from Premier League side Everton back in August, the Englishman, who has been described as a “unique” player by Johnson, has started just two of the nine league appearances he’s made and has failed to score a goal or provide an assist in the league but has managed to score once for the club in their 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic in the Carabao Cup back in September.
Taking into account his rather unimpressive performance against Ipswich and his lack of goal contributions in the league so far this season, it could cost Sunderland dearly if they start Broadhead and he isn’t able to secure them a win given how the team are five points off the top of the league table.