Sunderland are one of the in-form teams in the EFL, and a huge part of that is the impact of Phil Parkinson.
Despite a shaky start as manager of the Black Cats, Parkinson has reignited the Wearsiders’ hopes of securing promotion this term after seeing them to just one defeat in their last 14 games.
A large part of Sunderland’s success has been the consistency in the starting XI.
Parkinson has worked out a winning formula which has served the team very well in League One as they now sit within touching distance of the automatic promotion spots.
A large part of this has been the consistency in Phil Parkinson’s team selection which has seen several players really kick on in the second half of the season.
Let’s have a look at some of the players who have really impressed.
The goalkeeper has been one of Sunderland’s unsung heroes in recent months.
McLaughlin has kept clean sheets in eight of his last 10 fixtures for the Black Cats – a run which has seen Phil Parkinson’s side concede just three goals.
It was a nervy start to the season but the experienced stopper has very much established himself as the club’s number one.
A player who sometimes divides opinion, the midfielder has really kicked on in recent months.
Growing in confidence, Dobson is beginning to have a real influence on games as his tireless work ethic and his instinct for playing the ball forward helps his teammates to move into dangerous positions.
Now a first team regular, the midfielder’s spot in the team is very much his to lose.
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He’s been Sunderland’s best player this term, and Chris Maguire has reached a new level since Phil Parkinson’s arrival.
The forward is arguably the Black Cats’ most dangerous player in the final third and this is evident based on his impressive goal and assist tally since the turn of the year.
If Sunderland are to secure promotion you can almost guarantee that the 31-year-old will be a key part of it.