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Jack Ross issues claim on Sunderland player which may surprise some fans

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Sunderland manager Jack Ross has hailed midfielder Luke O’Nien as one of the “best finishers at the club” after putting in yet another impressive performance at the weekend, after speaking to the Chronicle.

The 24-year old, who signed for the Black Cats from Wycombe Wanderers in the summer, has been an impressive performer for Ross’ men this season, and kept up his promising form with a goal in their 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers at the weekend.

The central midfielder has been used as a right-back in recent weeks, but has looked to be a solid figure in the Black Cats’ defence – and after popping up with a goal at the weekend, Jack Ross praised the impact of the talented 24-year old, describing him as one of “the best finishers at the club”.

He said: “Luke will always score goals from whatever position he is in on the park, he just has that knack – he is a very, very, good finisher and he is up there with the best finishers at the club.”

O’Nien played a key part in Sunderland’s 4-2 thumping over Gillingham in midweek after winning two penalties for his side, and put in yet another dominating display at the weekend as the Black Cats closed in on an automatic promotion spot.

Ross’ men currently sit two points off Barnsley, with a game in hand on Daniel Stendel’s Tykes.

The Verdict

Having watched O’Nien play, I really like him as a player and I think he will be so important for them in the final run-in of the season.

He’s a very athletic player who is proving that he can play anywhere for Sunderland, which makes him a very interesting option for Ross to have at his disposal.

To see Ross describe him as one of the “best finishers at the club” surprises me as he is a box-to-box midfielder, but long may his form continue from a Sunderland perspective.

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