Sunderland remain in the hunt to bounce straight back to the Championship at the first attempt, with Jack Ross’ side in third place in League One, seven points off leaders Luton Town but with a game in hand on the teams above them.
A player who has been a virtual constant for Ross is 32-year-old winger Aiden McGeady, who has scored 10 goals and made five assists in 25 matches this season.
So how can McGeady’s season with Sunderland so far be best summed up?
“He’s been impressive this season.
“He hasn’t set the world alight, but he’s quietly gone about his business in League One.
“I still think he’s far too good to be playing in the third tier of English football, but he’ll be key to Sunderland’s promotion bid this year.”
“He’s in great form and making League One look easy work.
“However, that was expected, wasn’t it?
“McGeady is a classy player and him stepping down into League One was something that raised eyebrows.
“He’s having the impact I expected.”
“I worried McGeady might be one that threw his dummy out of the pram, or worse fade to obscurity like Oviedo.
“Instead, he’s played like a Premier League player in League One.
“They needed that.”
“He’s been top-class.
“He has been a driving force in their ascent up the League One ladder.
“His experience in the higher leagues is serving him well as he adapted well to live in the third tier.
“Without him, I doubt they would be where they are.”