George Dobson is enduring a pretty frustrating season.
A virtual ever-present under Phil Parkinson last year, the 22-year-old made 36 appearances in all competitions in his first campaign at the Stadium Of Light.
However this time around, things have not gone exactly to plan for the 22-year-old.
Here we take a look at how the midfielder has fared so far in the 2020-21 campaign.
How’s it gone so far?
Put simply, it’s been a hugely frustrating season for George Dobson.
After being sent off on the opening day of the season against Bristol Rovers the 22-year-old has found it incredibly tough to get a look-in under Phil Parkinson.
Two starts and one cameo appearance in the league has supplemented his new role as a cup regular, indicating that he has fallen down the pecking order quite significantly at the Stadium Of Light.
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What issues does he face?
It seems that Phil Parkinson simply has more options in central midfield.
So far this term we’ve seen a lot of Max Power – a player who featured regularly last time out as well.
Josh Scowen has also settled into life on Wearside, while Grant Leadbitter has taken back his rightful role as club captain by putting in a string of consistent performance.
Dobson has been the victim of this and that’s why this term has been such a struggle.
Should George Dobson be a Sunderland first team regular?
The only thing that George Dobson can do is to keep fighting for his place.
He’s getting enough minutes in the cup competitions to make sure that he’s not cut completely adrift, but after being a first team regular last term he’ll be less than happy.
You’d hope that he will stick around and fight for his place, but if Dobson does become disillusioned then there’s every chance he could look for a loan switch in January.
Parkinson won’t want to do that as he looks to ensure the club has plenty of options, but it all depends on Dobson’s mindset during this challenging time in his career.