Sunderland are going to need all of their best players on song if they’re to secure promotion.
Just six days ago the Black Cats were sitting in a particularly strong position as they held the cards in the automatic promotion hunt, but since then things have gone a little bit downhill.
Losing to Charlton Athletic on Saturday was the first blow, before an away defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic pushed them five points behind second place Peterborough United.
Lee Johnson’s side now need to win almost all of their matches to stand any chance of going up automatically, while all of their players need to be putting in their best efforts.
That includes Jordan Jones.
The Rangers man has been a real success since joining on loan from Rangers, but how has he really got on?
We take a look at the key numbers behind his performances at the Stadium Of Light.
There’s no doubt that Jordan Jones has been a key part of the club’s success in the second half of this season.
The 26-year-old has played 13 times for Sunderland in League One since joining the club and has certainly made a real difference in terms of his attacking contribution.
Jones has scored twice in that time, efforts away at Crewe Alexandra and Portsmouth, while also providing four assists for his teammates.
What’s more impressive is that just seven of those 13 appearances came in the starting XI, meaning that his contribution has often come with limited time on the field.
If we delve a little bit deeper you can start to see why he’s been so influential.
Much of Jordan Jones’s attacking input has come through his direct play on the right side of Sunderland’s midfield.
The winger has an outstanding dribble success rate of 50.6%, meaning that the 26-year-old is getting the better of the full-backs in League One more often than not.
Of course that means precious little if you’re final ball is lacking, but thankfully for Jones he has a decent record here too.
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Jones is a sublime crosser of the ball and with a cross success rate of 20.4% it’s no surprise that he’s been able to contribute with almost one assist for every three games that he’s appeared in.
But the direct play of the winger has also seen another major benefit to the team.
One of Sunderland’s biggest attributes this term has been their ability to threaten from dead ball situations with the likes of Jones and Aiden McGeady holding a real talent for accurate delivery.
Of course those chances don’t present themselves by accident as players need to earn free-kicks in dangerous area.
The Rangers man has been excellent at doing just that, with Jones winning over 3.05 fouls per game to put opponents under real pressure.
These numbers barely scratch the surface of what Jordan Jones can bring to Lee Johnson’s side, and with just a few weeks left of the season supporters will be hoping that their key man can continue that form during the remainder of the season.